Barriers and risk factors for Black LGBTQ+ youth: suggestions for improving their lived experiences
Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) youth encounter unique mental health concerns due to the intersectionality of their race and sexual identity. Specifically, they are members of multiple groups (i.e., racial and sexual/gender identity groups) that have experienced significant discrimination, prejudice, and bias. This increases their risk of further oppression and creates additional barriers to mental health care. These youth are less likely to receive professional care and more likely to report suicide and depression than cisgender youth. This webinar will identify barriers to care, risks factors associated with heightened mental health concerns, including the intersection of race and sexual/gender identity, and identify strategies for creating change to improve the lived experiences of this under-supported population.