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LGBTQ Health: Information for Educators

Schools provide support, safety, and education for young people. They encourage social, emotional, and physical development.

However, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth may not get the same benefits from school as their peers. Compared to their non-LGBTQ peers, LGBTQ youth are less likely to feel like they belong at school. They are also less likely to feel like their teachers care about them. As a result, they are more likely to skip school.

LGBTQ youth are also at a higher risk of poor health outcomes. For example, LGBTQ youth are more likely to:

  • Attempt suicide.
  • Smoke.
  • Initiate sex at a younger age.
  • Report less support from parents and teachers.

The following resources can help educators understand the social and health needs of LGBTQ youth.

See all LGBTQ Health general resources

Last revised October 28, 2022