LGBTQ+ stands for: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and plus. The plus sign expresses inclusivity for additional identities like gender fluid, nonbinary, pansexual, asexual, and agender. Those letters mean something a little different to each person
who uses them, but they are important for representation and inclusion.
According to the Trevor Project School Climate Survey: “86% of LGBTQ+ youth reported being harassed or assaulted at school. High school students who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual are more than four times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to their heterosexual peers. Transgender adults are nearly 12 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population. 40% of LGBTQ+ respondents seriously considered attempting suicide in the past twelve months.”
Trevor Project has trained counselors available 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386.