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This report utilizes an intersectional lens to contribute to our understanding of the Black LGBTQ youth experience among a national sample of over 2,500 Black LGBTQ youth by highlighting and building upon many of the findings released from The Trevor Project’s National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2020 as they relate to Black LGBTQ youth.

44% of Black LGBTQ youth seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months, including 59% of Black transgender and nonbinary youth55% of Black LGBTQ youth reported symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder in the past two weeks, including 70% of Black transgender and nonbinary youth63% of Black LGBTQ youth report symptoms of major depressive disorder including 71% of Black transgender and nonbinary youthSelf-harm was reported in 44% of Black LGBTQ youth, including 61% of Black transgender and nonbinary youth49% of Black LGBTQ youth reported wanting psychological or emotional counseling from a mental health professional in the past 12 months, but not being able to get itOur research identified many risk factors for Black LGBTQ youth mental health.

9% of Black LGBTQ youth reported having undergone conversion therapy, with 82% reporting it happened before age 1835% of Black LGBTQ youth have experienced homelessness, been kicked out, or run away38% of Black LGBTQ youth reported discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity52% of Black LGBTQ youth reported discrimination based on their race or ethnicity17% of Black LGBTQ youth reported that they had been physically threatened or harmed in their lifetime due to their LGBTQ identity25% of Black transgender and nonbinary youth reported that they had been physically threatened or harmed in their lifetime due to their gender identityOur research also identified high impact protective factors for Black LGBTQ youth.

Black youth who had access to at least one LGBTQ-affirming space attempted suicide at 50% lower rates compared to Black LGBTQ youth without access.

RecommendationsBlack LGBTQ youth report rates of mental health challenges comparable to or higher than the overall population of LGBTQ youth.

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