About LGBTQ youth - Health

Young LGBTQ persons experience more exposure to discrimination, threats and violence than other young people, and therefore also experience more emotional problems. One-fifth of young homo- and bisexual persons have stated that they have been subjected to physical violence by a family member or someone else close to them.

A film about swedish LGBT youth

Film about young LGBTQ persons’ health

LGBTQYouths are more often exposed to violence and experience more emotional problems than other young people. In a film produced by the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society, youths describe violations and hate crimes at school and talk about losing their sense of security within their own families once they have come out. The narratives are drawn from interviews that were conducted in connection with our study entitled On young LGBTQ persons – Leisure time.

Bleak health situation

The health situation of homosexual, bisexual and transgender youths is bleak. The figures speak for themselves.

Young LGBTQ persons’ health in figures:

  • One-quarter of young homo- and bisexual females state that they have attempted to take their own lives.
  • One-fifth, 19 percent, of 16–25-year-old homosexuals and bisexuals have been exposed to violence by a parent, a partner or by some other adult who is close to them. This proportion is twice the size of that found among young heterosexuals.
  • Among young homosexuals and bisexuals, 65 percent of females and 48 percent of males state that they have been treated in an offensive way. Many young homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender persons have low levels of confidence in the police, the school system, the healthcare sector, the social services and the Employment Service because they feel they are discriminated against in contacts with staff.

Source: Hon, hen, han

Hen = A gender-neutral personal pronoun for she (hon) or he (han).