COME ALONG WITH ME: LINKING LGBTQ YOUTH TO SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES

  • Jennifer M. Wolowic University of British Columbia
  • Richard Sullivan University of British Columbia
  • Cheryl Ann B. Valdez San Diego State University
  • Carolyn M. Porta University of Minnesota
  • Marla Eisenberg University of Minnesota
Keywords: LGBTQ, youth, adolescence, resources, social supports

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.

Author Biographies

Jennifer M. Wolowic, University of British Columbia
Managing Director of the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre, School of Nursing
Richard Sullivan, University of British Columbia
Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work
Cheryl Ann B. Valdez, San Diego State University
Graduate of the Graduate School of Public Health
Carolyn M. Porta, University of Minnesota
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Marla Eisenberg, University of Minnesota
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
Published
2018-06-14
Section
Articles