Trevor Project poll: Legislation harms 86% of transgender and nonbinary youth's mental health

Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 2:29pm
Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 2:30pm

The state Legislature has introduced several bills this session that LGBTQ advocates say would be harmful if passed. The Trevor Project is a nonprofit focused on preventing suicide among LGBTQ youth. It released polling data this week that it says reflects some of that harm.

The Trevor Project conducted a national sample on the impact of what it calls anti-trans bills.

The poll found that 86% of transgender and nonbinary youth say debates around these bills negatively affect their mental health.

But the impact extends beyond just mental health. Nearly one in three said they do not feel safe going to the doctor or hospital when sick or injured.

And the group reported feeling fear regarding policies on gender-affirming care and using different pronouns or names at school.

Overall, 75% of LGBTQ youth indicated that threats of violence and hate crimes in LGBTQ spaces often cause them stress or anxiety.

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