10 Ways to Support LGBTQ Teens and Young Adults [Guide]

AdobeStock_214042623

Coming out is one of the most difficult decisions anybody can make.

LGBTQ individuals allow themselves to be extremely vulnerable in order to live a more authentic life. This is especially true for teenagers and young adults, as this is a very emotional and intense time of life anyway. It is especially important to be supportive of LGBTQ teens and young adults because this is a time when people are still forming their identities and developing their views of the wider world. LGBTQ teens often have higher rates of depression, suicide, and drug use because of the stress of being part of a minority group. The difference between being supportive versus indifference or hostility can literally be life or death for LGBTQ teens.