Just like anyone else, LGBTQ+ teens undergo a variety of lifestyle changes on their path to adulthood. They face new challenges, from living independently and finding a job to evolving relationships. However, emerging LGBTQ+ adults often find that coming out and coming into their own is an additional source of stress. Learn about the local programs and services available to support these local young people as they develop new coping resources and strategies.
Bullying can have lasting negative effects on members of the LGBTQ+ community. It can cause anxiety and depression, relationship problems, low self-esteem, substance use and even thoughts of suicide. Young people who are being bullied should seek out adult allies who are safe and confident. Adults who display rainbows in their offices, wear pins to show their support, or have Safe Zone stickers are likely good places to turn.Read more Emergency
Coming out is when a person acknowledges, accepts and appreciates their sexual orientation or gender identity and starts to share it with others. Coming out can happen at any age, and that is okay. While the situation is different for everyone, it’s important to find resources that help to create a safe, welcoming space for all LGBTQ+ individuals and allies.Read more Emergency
Bullying, fear of rejection and the chronic stress associated with having a seemingly stigmatized identity can put significant strain on a young person’s mental health. In fact, research shows that members of the LGBTQ+ community have much higher levels of suicidal ideation than their heterosexual peers.Read more Emergency
Compared to their heterosexual peers, members of the LGBTQ+ community may face a greater risk of discrimination and targeted violence – from bullying, teasing and harassment to physical and sexual violence. However, area resources are working to put an end to anti-LGBTQ+ stigma by standing up and speaking out against hate and intolerance.Read more Emergency
Growing up can be a challenging and isolating experience, but the good news is, you don’t have to do it alone. No matter the adversity you might be facing, find the encouragement you need to move forward in a positive direction. Stark Help Central is a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for young people of all ages and backgrounds.Read more Emergency