WRITTEN AND CONTRIBUTED BY KWYN TOWNSEND RILEY

What You Need to Know:

According to the website LGBTQ Nation, The Trevor Project recently conducted a survey among trans youth revealing the mental health implications of transphobic laws.

“These results underscore how recent politics and ongoing crises facing the globe can have a real, negative impact on LGBTQ young people, a group consistently found to be at significantly increased risk for depression, anxiety, and attempting suicide because of how they are mistreated and stigmatized in society,” said Trevor Project CEO Amit Paley in a statement.

The results consisted of 820 respondents between the ages of 13 and 24. The questions ranged from how do they feel about the anti-trans sports ban to doctors preventing gender-affirming care and various school policies that out trans and non-binary youth to their parents.

The predominant feelings were anger, nervousness, fear, and stress. The mental health of LGBTQ youth has been significantly impacted by the recent slew of anti-trans legislation being proposed in state legislatures.

2021 was a year of anti-trans laws, sports bans, and more movement from conservatives to attack the left. Republican lawmakers continue to fight to restrict gender-affirming health care, prevent trans youth from playing sports, and ban them from bathrooms and locker rooms. In Texas alone, over 70 anti-LGBTQ bills were filed in 2021. In the first week of the new year, a whopping seven states introduced bills targeting trans young people.

Why You Need to Know:
70% of respondents to the Trevor Project’s survey said they follow news about trans issues. The youth are paying attention and it could have dire effects.

About 66% of LGBTQ youth said the debates on trans rights taking place around the country had a negative impact on their mental health. 85% of trans and non-binary youth said the same.

Mental health matters and we need to protect our LGBTQ youth.