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In a new research brief, The Trevor Project’s survey shows that most Asian-American and Pacific Islander (API) LGBT+ youth were accepted by friends — and this acceptance reduced the risk of attempting suicide by more than half.

Even with acceptance from friends, it’s tough to fully replace the love and support we get from our families.

That’s especially true for many first-generation Asian-American families like mine, which place an overwhelming emphasis on family connection and support.

Unfortunately, this also tracks with The Trevor Project’s new research: API youth were significantly less likely than non-API youth to share their LGBT+ identity with parents.

In my case, and for so many API LGBT+ youth, fearing rejection and loss of love was my reality for a long time.

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