LGBT Youth and Suicide
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) youth are perhaps one of the most vulnerable populations in the United States today. Aside from the typical developmental hurdles of adolescence, LGBT youth often face such psychosocial challenges as isolation, stigma, familial and societal rejection as well as physical, emotional, and sexual violence. Fueled by oppression, LGBT youth often feel there is nowhere to turn for support or guidance. In a culture where difference often breeds discrimination, suicide is sometimes seen as a viable option for these youth. This workshop will explore the varying societal levels of response to LGBT youth and the responsibility that human service professionals must play to advocate on behalf of this population.
Presenter: Brent Satterly, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Work, BSW Program Director, Widener University