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Kind Communities: Perspectives from LGBTQ+ Young People

On behalf of Born This Way Foundation, Benenson Strategy Group conducted 1,001 online interviews with 15-24 year olds across the U.S., including oversamples of LGBTQ+ youth and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) from March 24-April 10, 2023. This first release of the report shares direct insights from LGBTQ+ youth and reassesses how communities have been perceiving and experiencing kindness taking into account the specific challenges LGBTQ+ youth face in an increasingly divisive United States.

Highlights include:

  • LGBTQ+ youth have long been more likely than non-LGBTQ+ peers to rely on an online community to support their mental health, and they increasingly value the ability to share their experiences online rather than turn online for anonymity.
  • Whether in school or the workplace, LGBTQ+ youth are significantly less likely to be in a community where others are kind to them compared to non-LGBTQ+ peers.
  • LGBTQ+ students reported an 18% drop in feelings of kindness in their community in the last six years. The portion of all young people who rate their school or work community as kind has dropped since 2017 – most of all among LGBTQ+ young people.
  • 1-in-3 transgender youth, regardless of race, rate their mental health as “poor.” LGBTQ+ youth overall are much less likely than their non-LGBTQ+ peers to rate their emotional health highly.
  • 47% of LGBTQ+ youth feel they have the resources to deal with being harassed online.
  • 44% of BIPOC LGBTQ+ youth report feeling worried that they will experience bullying compared to 37% of white cisgender LGBTQ+ youth.
  • 45% of transgender and/or nonbinary youth report feeling worried that they will experience bullying compared to 37% of white cisgender LGBTQ+ youth.

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