Historically, YRBS and other studies have gathered data on lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth but have not included questions about transgender and questioning/queer youth.
As that changes and data becomes available, this content will be updated to include information regarding transgender and questioning/queer youth.
More Resources for Parents to Help Them Better Understand and Respond to the Needs of LGBTQ Adolescents More research is needed to better understand the associations between parenting and the health of LGB youth.
The following are research-based steps parents can take to support the health and well-being of their LGB teen: Talk and listen.
According to the 2015 YRBS, LGB students were 140% (12% v.
5%) more likely to not go to school at least one day during the 30 days prior to the survey because of safety concerns, compared with heterosexual students.
A complex combination of factors can impact youth health outcomes.How parents engage with their LGB teen can have a tremendous impact on their adolescent’s current and future mental and physical health.On the other hand, unsupportive parents who react negatively to learning that their daughter or son is LGB can make it harder for their teen to thrive.Parental rejection has been linked to depression, use of drugs and alcohol, and risky sexual behavior among teens.To be supportive, parents should talk openly and supportively with their teen about any problems or concerns.