According to the Trevor Project, a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth and young adults, LGBTQ youth are particularly vulnerable to suicide ideation.
The statistics are troubling. Not only do LGBTQ youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost 3 times the rate of heterosexual youth but LGBTQ youth are also almost 5 times as likely to have attempted suicide, compared to heterosexual youth. Similarly, in a national study, 40% of transgender adults reported having attempted suicide, and 92% of those individuals reported the attempt occurred before the age of 25.
Even more concerning is the fact that LGBTQ youth from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times more likely to have attempted suicide than LGBTQ peers reporting no or low levels of family rejection.
However, adopting more inclusive, affirming policies reduces suicide ideation among LGBTQ youth. For example, the 2017 study by JAMA Pediatrics revealed that states which were early adopters of LGBTQ-inclusive laws (before 2013) saw a 14% reduction in LGBTQ youth suicide attempts.
At Equality Utah, we understand that belongingness is a human emotional need, and so LGBTQ youth, like all youth, need to feel like accepted members of their communities. That’s why our objective is to create a society—a community, a state, and a nation—where all youth, including LGBTQ youth, know that they belong and feel strong, loved, and valued.