In August 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an annual report from the data collected using their Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance survey, which is the only national survey designed to monitor a wide range of priority health risk behaviors among representative samples of U.S. high school students. In light of this release, Project THRIVE issued a public statement and call to action in response to the alarming YRBS data that find significant disparities between LGBTQ youth and their non-LGBTQ peers. Project THRIVE partners, representing over 5 million youth-serving professionals, make clear that all of us---from parents to pediatricians, school counselors to coaches, need to be more knowledgeable and intentional about supporting LGBTQ youth.
In addition, Project THRIVE released an executive summary of the data that provides an overview of key findings from HRC’s analysis of the CDC data and has created a checklist for schools and youth-serving organizations to guide their efforts around creating safe and inclusive environments for LGBTQ youth. The checklist also includes a poster that can be displayed in classrooms or offices to show LGBTQ youth that someone is affirming.