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There are many terms and denitions relating to gender identity, expression, and orientation. The educational and support resources on this page are dedicated to helping empower and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, and non-heterosexual (LGBTQIA+) youth, their peers, and family. Some youth and young adults who are uncertain or identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community are more likely to have negative experiences or outcomes than their heterosexual peers. Having support and resources is critical in addressing the needs of youth and young adults.
Want to talk to someone about sexual orientation or gender identity?
Call the LGBTQIA+ National Youth Talk Line at 1-800-246-7743. This hotline is free and condential. You can discuss gender or sexuality identity, relationship concerns, bullying, isolation, anxiety at school, family issues, HIV and AIDS concerns, safer sex information, coming out, and more. Whether you just want to talk or are in crisis, the the national Trans Lifeline Hotline is another resource available at 1-877-565-8860. The hotline oers full anonymity and operators for both English or Spanish speakers.
Want information about community meetings?
PFLAG, originally called “Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays” supports the whole LGBTQIA+ community, including family and friends of LGBTQIA+ people. There are a number of PFLAG chapters in Texas that hold meetings, where you can attend in-person meetings.
If you are in crisis, call the LGBTQIA+ TrevorLifeline for youth.
If you are in crisis or feeling suicidal and need of a safe place to talk about LGBTQIA+ concerns, you can call, text, or chat 24/7 with someone at the Trevor Project.
If you think you are being treated unfairly, learn your rights and get help.
If you think you are being treated unfairly because of what others think of your gender identity or sexual orientation – such as when applying for a job, school, or apartment – you may want to reach out for legal help. For concerns like these, learn about your rights and consider calling the Lambda Legal help desk.
A free web resource that provides health information guides and research on various medical conditions and unsafe drugs.
Members of the LGBTQ+ community have unique and complex health needs that heterosexuals don’t face. Health disparities and barriers to care can make staying healthy challenging, but knowing LGBTQ+ health risks can ensure you stay on top of your health. Local and national resources can help you prevent or treat these health conditions with the right medical testing, care and support.
Gender identity is a personal concept that describes one’s internal experience of gender. This is influenced by the individual’s external experience of gender or how the rest of the world treats them based on the gender they were assigned at birth.
Gender dysphoria is the experience of being assigned a different gender at birth than the gender one actually is internally. People on the autism spectrum seem to experience more gender dysphoria than neurotypical individuals.
Scientific research on this is just beginning, but small-scale studies suggest that social and communication differences between autistic brains and neurotypical brains can increase the experience of gender dysphoria in people with autism, leading to greater differences in gender self-expression.
The internet is a wonderful but sometimes scary place to be. Many of us are at greater risk online than we truly realize.
Scammers, fraudsters, and hackers prowl the internet looking for easy targets. And they’re clever. Whether it’s through click-bait emails, fake dating profiles, or a too-good-to-be-true giveaway, there are plenty of ways scammers can find you.
Scams are dangerous and can lead to severe consequences, such as identity or monetary theft and blackmailing. All of us are at risk, but some groups are more likely to be targeted than others – especially the LGBTQ+ community.
vpnMentor.com conducted a survey in which we asked 695 LGBTQ+ people worldwide about their experiences online as they relate to their sexual orientation and gender identity. The results – referenced throughout this article – illuminated the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community.
Here are some of our key findings:+
Even with a number of social advancements for rights, gay and transgender people face overwhelming levels of stigma, stress, and discrimination for their sexual and/or gender identity. Finding a gender-affirming treatment facility, or even a traditional treatment facility that has adequate cultural competency, can be pivotal in helping an LGBTQ+ person get the help they need for their recovery.
LGBTQ+ People & Substance Abuse
In 2015, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that LGBTQ individuals are more than twice as likely to use illicit drugs than straight people. Gay and transgender people (or people who are otherwise in a sexual or gender minority) are more likely to smoke and binge drink alcohol. In the same year as the SAMHSA report, 39.1 percent of LGBTQ+ people reported using illegal drugs.
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.
Finding an LGBTQ-Friendly College
Before you apply to a school, be sure to research the nine points below. Much of your research can begin with college websites, but if you’re strongly considering a campus, we recommend consulting your high school counselors, the college’s admissions office, and current students in addition to reviewing their college website.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, pansexual, aromantic, genderqueer, nonbinary, and intersex students may have varied experiences in college depending on the community they encounter. Statistics published by the Human Rights Campaign revealed that only 26% of LGBTQ+ teens feel safe in their schools.
For many young queer people, college is where things finally begin to change. To make college a little easier, we’ve created this ultimate guide of resources for LGBTQ+ students in higher education, including scholarships, resources, clubs, anti-bullying hotlines and more. For anyone considering themselves to be somewhere along the gender, sexuality, or romanticism spectrum, here’s what one might consider to be a handbook for LGBTQ+ college students, with helpful LGBTQ+ information such as ways to make the college campus feel more inclusive and less homophobic. Here are some top resources for LGBTQ students going to or getting ready for college.
Defining Intersectionality & Intersectional Feminist Theory
Intersectionality was first coined and defined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989 as “the various way[s] in which race and gender interact to shape the multiple dimensions of black women’s employment experiences.” (Crenshaw, 1989, 139). Crenshaw sought to explain how African-American women experience prejudice and discrimination at the intersection of two aspects of their identity; their race and their gender. Crenshaw argued that the lived experience of these women was not merely a sum of being African-American and women; instead, that a unique lived experience existed at the intersection of identities. Although arguments laying foundations for intersectionality date back to the 1960s and 1970s (Geerts & Van der Tuin, 2013, 171), intersectionality as a term arguably originates in Crenshaw’s work.
At its core, intersectional feminist theory & intersectional feminism aims to “[conceptualize] the relation between systems of oppression which construct our multiple identities and our social locations in hierarchies of power and privilege.” (Carastathis, 2014). To simplify, intersectional theory suggests that people experience marginalisation and discrimination because of social systems which determine value based on a person’s attributes, such as our aforementioned protected characteristics; and that the intersecting (not simply the addition or subtraction) of these attributes lead people to experience differing levels and types of privilege or inequality.
Addiction can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics and environmental influences. A person’s experiences can play an important role in the development of addiction. This includes the people, places, and things that we come into contact with throughout our lives.
Members of the LGBTQ+ community can be subjected to more episodes of inequality, abuse, and rejection than people within other sectors of society. As a result of this, there is a higher risk of developing substance use disorders. A report by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) states that, in comparison to the general population, the LGBT community is more likely to use alcohol and drugs and have higher rates of substance abuse.
Historically, many studies have categorized findings related to a sexual minority (LGB – lesbian, gay, and bisexual) and compared them with a sexual majority (heterosexual). More recent studies are using the abbreviation LGBTQ+ (or LGBTQIA+). This more inclusive term incorporates all sexual identities and genders. These include, but are not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, pansexual, gender fluid, non-binary, and allies.