The LGBT Health & Development Program

The Critical Role of Family Support of LGBT Youth

Posted on February 14th, 2011 by Dr. Mustanski in Research Blog. No Comments

This panel, hosted by the Center for American Progress, presents evidence that shows how and why families are an essential support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and their well-being. The federal policy and program implications of this work are discussed. Research shows family reactions to a gay or transgender teen have a compelling impact on their physical and mental health, including issues such as substance abuse, depression, suicide attempts, self-esteem, and risk for HIV (see other IMPACT Program articles on families here). This panel discusses how family-level interventions can offer highly effective, inexpensive, and culturally appropriate ways to improve the lives and life chances of LGBT youth.

Welcoming remarks:

Jeff Krehely, Director, LGBT Research and Communications, Center for American Progress

Opening remarks:

David Hansell, Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services


Caitlin Ryan, Director, Family Acceptance Project, San Francisco State University
Shannon Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Bryan Samuels, Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families

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