Waymon Hudson

IssueLab focuses on LGBTQ Youth

Filed By Waymon Hudson | June 21, 2008 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, The Movement
Tags: IssueLab, LGBT youth, LGBTQ, research

IssueLab, a website whose goal is to bring nonprofit research into focus, has a new June round-up-- an online collection of nongovernmental research on LGBTQ youth.

The research touches on issues like how to build safe school environments for LGBTQ youth; disproportionate rates of homelessness; how racism and homophobia impact LGBTQ kids of color; and suicidal ideation and attempts. The collection includes work from organizations like GLSEN, Advocates for Youth, and the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League.

IssueLab's effort is of tremendous service to the fields of LGBTQ youth research and practice by essentially providing a one-stop, (free) "shopping" place for non-profit research reports, occasional papers, evaluations, data sets, surveys, and case studies vital to the work of organizations working in LGBTQ research.

From the website:

Everyday LGBTQ youth are breaking down societal barriers and gaining recognition and acceptance at levels that were relatively unseen among youth of previous generations. Ostensibly, as members of sexual minority and gender identity minority groups, many LGBTQ young people are confronted with various forms of heterosexist stigma that impact their mental health, sense of identity, and healthy behavior. Parallel to the lived experiences of LGBTQ youth, the aims of non-profit LGBTQ youth-focused research is vast and diverse. (See the complete list of research studies on LGBTQ youth)

To coincide with Pride festivities across the US and internationally, IssueLab has asked me to be a guest editor of their June/July CloseUp. It has been my pleasure to encourage other non-profit agencies to share with each other the insights, struggles, best practices and successes of conducting non-profit research with LGBTQ youth. As suggested by its name, this Close-Up is also intended to provide its growing readership with a close up inspection of current non-profit research with and among LGBTQ youth.

This is really a great research tool and resource for the community. I encourage everyone to go check it out!

See the complete list of research related to LGBTQ youth here.

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This is amazing! I wish I had a resource like this when I was working at The Center. It would have simplified my job immensely!

Thanks for sharing this great resource, Waymon. :)