What Data can tell us about being LGBTQ in the US

Earlier this month, The Trevor Project, a non-profit focused on providing support and suicide prevention care to LGBTQ youth released the largest nationwide survey ever conducted on LGBTQ mental health with over 34000 respondents. The data, which is refreshingly inclusive of both the diversity and the intersectionality of gender-variant experiences of young people, also reveals how much work still needs to be done in this area and prompts us towards future milestones that need to be set.

“This ground-breaking survey provides new insights into the challenges that LGBTQ youth across the country face every day, including suicide, feeling sad or hopeless, discrimination, physical threats and exposure to conversion therapy.”

Some key findings illustrated in the 12 page report were:

71% of LGBTQ youth in our study reported discrimination due to either their sexual orientation or gender identity

58% of transgender and non-binary youth reported being discouraged from using a bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity

76% of LGBTQ youth felt that the recent political climate impacted their mental health or sense of self

Data Images from The Trevor Project. (2019). National Survey on LGBTQ Mental Health. New York, New York: The Trevor Project. Header Image:  Photo by Nadine Shaabana

Author: Surabhi Naik

Surabhi Naik is a designer and writer dedicated to Immersive Narratives & Experience Design based in New York City. A graduate student at The New School’s Media Studies Program, she is currently deep-diving into Immersive Storytelling Design & Research and is the Editor for Data Matters Publication at the Center for Data Arts.

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