Survey finds 1 in 4 Black transgender and nonbinary youth attempted suicide in past year

New research by the Trevor Project found that a quarter of Black transgender and nonbinary youth reported a suicide attempt in the previous year; more than double the rate of suicide attempts among Black cisgender LGBQ youth. The survey surveyed 34,000 LGBTQ youth ages 13 to 24 across the United States in the fall of 2021, and also found that Black and nonbinary young people reported higher rates of anxiety and depression than their Black cisgender LGBQ peers. Dr. Myeshia Price, director of research science at the Trevor Project said “simply put, the mental health of Black transgender and nonbinary young people is a public health crisis.” In addition to elevated suicide risk, the survey found that Black transgender and nonbinary young people experience discrimination, violence, and homelessness at alarmingly high rates. Nearly 80% of Black transgender and nonbinary youth reported discrimination due to sexual orientation or gender identity, and 40% reported having been physically threatened for the same reason. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, in 2023, more than 330 bills have been introduced in state legislatures targeting LGBTQ rights. The study’s authors say social support can help mitigate the negative effects of the challenges facing Black transgender and nonbinary youth.

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