Recently, a study was conducted relating to the family rejection of LGB (lesbian, gay, bisexual) youth. In this study, researchers have established…

Recently, a study was conducted relating to the family rejection of LGB (lesbian, gay, bisexual) youth. In this study, researchers have established that there is a clear link between the family rejection of the youth’s sexual orientation and poor health in the youth. Here are some statistics directly from the study:   “LGB young adults who reported higher levels of family rejection during adolescence were 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide, 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression, 3.4 times more likely to use illegal drugs, and 3.4 times more likely to report having engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse, compared with peers from families that reported no or low levels of family rejection.”   In general, many of the LGBTQ youth need support considering that they are probably suffering from some extent of mental distress from societal pressures already. The impact of the family rejection is strong.   To the families AND friends of LGBTQ youth: their sexual orientation or gender identity is not something they can just abandon. Family rejection instead of support would just make them feel worse about themselves. Friends, too. Family and friends are the ones that they expect some extent of support from and they should be able to turn to you no matter how harsh the situation may be.   To the LGBTQ youth: NRS will not discriminate against or judge anyone who calls, so if you need any additional support you can always call 1-800-RUNAWAY. Don’t try to bear everything yourself.   -Vivian

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