Youth Voices proudly stands with all of our LGBTQIA+ members.
As we celebrate Pride this month, let us remember that the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights is far from over. In fact, members of our community continue to face discrimination and violence on a daily basis, especially those who are queer and BIPOC.
One of the most pressing issues facing our community is mental health. According to a recent study, nearly half of all LGBT adults in the United States experience mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. This is not surprising when you consider the discrimination and violence that many of us face on a daily basis.
Asians are the fastest growing minority group in the United States, and yet they are often invisible in the LGBTQIA+ community. This is due in part to the fact that many Asians come from cultures that are not accepting of queer people. As a result, Asian queer people often feel like they have to choose between their cultural identity and their sexual or gender identity. This can lead to a feeling of isolation and loneliness, which can contribute to mental health issues.
BIPOC in general face higher rates of mental illness than white people. This is due to a number of factors, including racism, discrimination, and poverty. For queer BIPOC, these stressors can be even more intense.
This pride month, let us commit to taking care of our mental health and supporting each other through tough times. If you are struggling, please reach out to a friend or family member, or seek professional help. There are also many LGBTQIA+-specific mental health resources available online and in your community.
Youth Voices is committed to providing resources and support to youth who are passionate about making change. We offer workshops, online resources, and opportunities to connect with other young people who are committed to social justice.
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