COME ALONG WITH ME: LINKING LGBTQ YOUTH TO SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES

Jennifer M. Wolowic, Richard Sullivan, Cheryl Ann B. Valdez, Carolyn M. Porta, Marla Eisenberg

Abstract


In this study, we examine how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth, who tend to experience greater feelings of isolation and discrimination than heterosexual youth, find and become integrated into supportive activities and resources. As part of a larger study on supportive lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth environments, 66 go-along interviews with LGBTQ youth, from Massachusetts, Minnesota, and British Columbia were conducted. Analysis of these interviews identified important cues that prompt self-agency and integration into supportive environments and affirmative identities. In particular, we argue indirect links or cues such as media and print advertisements increase awareness of supports and resources, while personal links, such as referrals from trusted friends, adults, and regularly attended programs, can help youth form denser networks of support.

Keywords


LGBTQ, youth, adolescence, resources, social supports

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18357/ijcyfs93201818274



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