Troubling Data on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth in California

The Kidsdata Issue Brief: Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth in California highlights findings from our latest data release on youth in schools.

Disparities among youth based on sexual orientation are startling. Across many indicators of health and well being, lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) youth in California reported negative behaviors and consequences at about twice the rate of straight youth. Alcohol and drug use were higher, feelings of depression were more common, and skipping school was more frequent among LGB youth.

Addressing these issues early through policies and programs that promote a positive school climate can help mitigate these behaviors and their effects. By maximizing public funding streams, providing enhanced health care services, and integrating systems of support, all students, including LGB students, can experience better long-term health and well being.

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Issue Briefing: School Climate and California LGB Youth

Date: Friday, February 1
Time: 10:00-10:30 AM PST

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Learn about the latest research on school climate and its impact on health and well being of LGB youth. Also, hear a young person’s perspective on her high school experience as part of the LGB community. Audience Q&A is highly encouraged. Speakers will be available for questions immediately after the 30-minute briefing.

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