The Trevor Project will be hosting breakfast briefing with Representatives Jackie Speier and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to discuss the issue of suicide prevention among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and how family acceptance is a critical protective factor in promoting the health and well-being of LGBTQ people in adolescence and beyond. The briefing will take place from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM in room 421 of the Cannon House Office Building, and breakfast will be provided.
Suicidality is an especially critical issue for LGBTQ populations, especially youth and transgender populations. Research has shown that LGB youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide as their straight peers, and questioning youth are three times more likely. Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives and one quarter report having made a suicide attempt. Young people who experience family rejection based on their sexual orientations face especially serious health risks. In one study, lesbian, gay, and bisexual young adults who reported higher levels of family rejection during adolescence were 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide and 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression.
While these findings are disturbing, The Trevor Project and their partner organizations work hard to address the problem of LGBTQ youth suicide. This briefing will feature experts from The Trevor Project, The Family Acceptance Project, and SAMHSA:
Alison Gill, Government Affairs Director, The Trevor Project
Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Director, Family Acceptance Project, San Francisco State University
Youth Advisory Council Member, The Trevor Project
Brian Altman, Legislative Director, SAMHSA
Moderator: Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO, The Trevor Project
Thursday, May 29, 2014
8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Room 421, Cannon House Office Building
We hope you will be able to join this important conversation on efforts to effectively implement LGBTQ youth suicide prevention, as a closing for Mental Health Awareness Month and a kick-off for LGBT Pride Month. For further information or to RSVP, please contact Kenneth.Dowling@mail.house.gov (Speier) or Gabriella.Boffelli@mail.house.gov (Ros-Lehtinen).