Black and African American LGBTQ+ Youth Report

In 2017, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation partnered with researchers at the University of Connecticut to conduct a groundbreaking survey of over 12,000 LGBTQ youth and capture their experiences in their families, schools, social circles and communities. More than 1,600 Black and African American LGBTQ youth responded to the survey. This resource presents data collected from these young people, shedding light on their challenges and triumphs encountered while navigating the world.

While there is immense power in being both a person of color and LGBTQ, holding multiple marginalized identities can magnify discrimination. This reality can have a devastating impact on Black and African American LGBTQ youth’s mental health and overall well-being. Virulent and inflammatory anti-Blackness from elected officials, negative portrayals in the media, and historically maintained systems of racial oppression complicate the ability of Black and African American LGBTQ youth to fully express and explore their intersecting racial and LGBTQ identities.

This resource draws on a subset of data from the 2018 HRC LGBTQ Youth Report to highlight the experiences of respondents who identified part or all of their ethnoracial identity as either Black or African American. HRC hopes this information helps to encourage youth-serving professionals to apply an intersectional lens to their work.

Population of focus: African American, LGBTQ, youth

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Date: 2019