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LBQ Girls of Color Overrepresented in Child Welfare & Criminalization Systems Bianca D.M. Wilson, Lauren Bouton A new review of studies by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that lesbian, bisexual, and queer (LBQ) girls, particularly girls of color, are overrepresented in foster care and the carceral system. The proportion of Black and American Indian LBQ girls in foster care is four times higher than in the general population.   April 2022
LGBTQ & Gender-Affirming Spaces This brief uses data from The Trevor Project’s ?2020 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health to examine the association between access to affirming spaces and suicide attempts. LGBTQ youth are at elevated risk for poor mental health and suicide compared with straight/cisgender peers (Johns et al, 2019; Johns et al., 2020). Because this risk is related to the harmful ways LGBTQ youth are treated, rather than something about being LGBTQ in itself, increased acceptance and affirmation can reduce risk (Meyer, 2016). All LGBTQ youth deserve access to spaces — such as homes, schools, and workplaces -- that positively affirm their LGBTQ identity. Unfortunately, not all LGBTQ youth experience acceptance of their identity, and physical distancing policies implemented to minimize the health risks of the COVID-19 pandemic can disrupt access to existing affirming spaces (Green, Price-Feeney, & Dorsion, 2020). This may be particularly true for transgender and nonbinary youth who have increased risk for attempting suicide due in large part to increased exposure to minority stress (Price-Feeney, Green, & Dorison, 2020; Hendricks & Testa, 2012).   December 2020
LGBTQ+ College Student Guide LGBTQ students have a significant presence on college campuses. In 2018, an Association of American Universities survey of over 180,000 university students found that 16.9% of students identify as non-heterosexual. While many colleges try to make their campuses welcoming to LGBTQ students, their success rate varies. If you’re a prospective college student who identifies as LGBTQ+, it’s important that you research schools to make sure they’ve created a supportive environment. In this guide, you’ll learn how to research colleges and review additional topics such as the unique challenges LGBTQ students face and the resources and legal rights available to them.   April 2022
LGBTQ+ Families for Black Lives Toolkit Family Equality Family Equality published the LGBTQ+ Families for Black Lives toolkit to empower families and children of different age levels to deepen their anti-racist work and continue these conversations in their households. The toolkit seeks to empower families to deepen their anti-racism work through tangible, age-appropriate action ranging from coloring book pages to writing elected officials. It is our hope that with this toolkit you may start or continue conversations in your household and community that will continue long after the hashtags and protests end.  
LGBTQ+ Financial Guide to Becoming a Parent Joyce Kauffman While the U.S. still has a way to go to achieve LGBTQ+ equality, some significant strides have been made, particularly when it comes to LGBTQ+ families.   3/7/2022
LGBTQ+ Youth of Color Impacted by the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems: A Research Agenda Williams Institute This report is a collection of working papers focused on understanding what we know and what we need to better understand about the lives and outcomes of system-involved youth who are both LGBTQ and racial/ethnic minorities.  
LGBTQ+ Youth: How to Help Yourself or a Friend HRC Foundation, Child Mind Institute This tip sheet from the gives guidance for LGBTQ+ youth on how to take care of their mental health. Mental health is an important part of our overall health and well-being. Feeling sad, alone, worried, or scared is very likely a sign that our mental health is in need of care, just like having a cough or a bruise that won’t heal is a sign of needing care. It is often difficult to talk about our feelings or needs for support but talking about mental health symptoms and getting help are the first steps in taking care of our mental health. When we feel happy, safe, and supported, we are more likely to succeed in school, maintain meaningful relationships and reach our hopes and dreams.  
LGBTQIA+ Youth and Experiences of Human Trafficking: A Healing-Centered Approach Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Futures Without Violence, and the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center Most health centers likely care for LGBTQIA+ youth who have experiences with human trafficking, even if providers are not fully aware of these patients’ situations. The health care setting represents a crucial opportunity to support youth with experiences of trafficking, as it may be the only opportunity for youth to be alone, separate from trafficker. The purpose of this publication, therefore, is to increase health centers’ awareness of and responsiveness to LGBTQIA+ youth experiencing human trafficking. It provides a framework for understanding the forces that drive human trafficking among LGBTQIA+ youth, and offers recommendations for providing meaningful, affirming, and non-judgmental care through the application of a healing-centered approach.   2021
Latinx LGBTQ+ Immigrant Youth: A Provider Fact Sheet This Each Mind Matters fact sheet was created as a resource for service providers, including nonprofit staff, community-based organizations, health care professionals, and other providers. It provides an introduction to the unique challenges faced by Latinx LGBTQ+ immigrant youth, relevant resources, and best practices. In English and Spanish.  
Learning to Address Implicit Bias Towards LGBTQ+ Patients: Case Scenarios National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center A primary objective for health care professionals is to establish solid, trusting relationships with patients in order to promote healthier behaviors. As with other minority groups, when working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) patients, it is especially important to build rapport as a way to counteract the exclusion, discrimination, and stigma that many have experienced previously in health care. Despite our best intentions, however, internal --or implicit--biases may affect the way we talk to and behave with patients. For health care professionals, biases can lead to inequitable care, either through biased clinical decisions, or through communicating bias in conversation with patients.   September 2018
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: A Guide to Juvenile Detention Reform This guide highlights a wide range of best practices that juvenile justice facilities can implement to advance the safety and well-being of LGBT youth.   September 28, 2015
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youth within in welfare: Prevalence, risk and outcomes The purpose of this study was to estimate the population of sexual minority or LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) children and youth involved with the child welfare system, and to compare their health, mental health, placement and permanency outcomes to those of non-LGB youth. Data were drawn from the Second National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW-II), a nationally representative sample of children who were referred to child welfare due to a report of abuse or neglect over a fifteen month period. Results indicate that approximately 15.5% of all system involved youth identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual, and that lesbian and bisexual females, and LGB youth of color are both overrepresented within child welfare systems. Although no substantive difference in risk factors, permanency and placement were found between LGB and Non-LGB youth, LGB youth were significantly more likely to meet the criteria for adverse mental health outcomes. Implications for child welfare practice and policy are presented, along with recommendations for future research in this area.  


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