Pacific Northwest organizations work to support queer Indigenous youth

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12/05/2023

Hundreds of youth dressed as their authentic selves laughed, danced and watched Indigenous drag performers at a night celebrating queer joy last May. It was exactly the sort of event called for in a new report by the Trevor Project, finding that Indigenous LGBTQ2S+ youth face a significantly higher rate of mental health struggles compared to their white peers. At Queer Prom, Native American Youth and Family Center organizers worked to create a space of love and acceptance — a celebration of all that it means to be queer — a prom many queer adults never had the opportunity to attend. In a study released Thursday by The Trevor Project, researchers found that Indigenous LGBTQ2S+ youth face disproportionate rates of mental health struggles including suicidal thoughts, anxiety and depression.

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