Instinct Magazine is reporting that The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released The National Coming Out Day Report, which surveyed over 10,000 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth. The results show some positive news.
HRC President Chad Griffin says, “The good news is that unlike previous generations, many of today’s LGBT youth have someone in their life with whom they can be themselves. It is strikingly clear, however, that adults must do better in supporting LGBT youth who still fear family rejection, being judged and ostracized in school, rejected from their religious congregations and the broader community.”
Instinct Magazine notes that while this news is great there is still much work to be done.
The report also finds youth that are still in the closet face “additional stressors and are more likely to be cut off from key forms of support including adults in their family or community to talk to and support organizations at school.” Half of LGBT youth, both out and not, participate in online communities that address LGBT youth issues.
Ellen Kahn, director of the HRC Family Project and a professional social worker, says, “We know that LGBT youth who are out and accepted by even a handful of close friends or family are happier, and everyone has a role in creating an environment in which youth feel safe and comfortable being themselves. Today we should all consider what more we can be doing – from the conversations we have at the kitchen table or in the workplace, to comments made by national leaders in the media.”