Health Challenges Faced by LGBT Youth


Part Three of a four-part LGBT Webinar Series

Research shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth are at heightened risk for a range of adverse physical and mental health outcomes. While we often think of these outcomes in terms of health and well-being, they are also related to the human rights of LGBT youth. Using a human rights framework highlights some of the persistent challenges that LGBT youth face around the United States, and helps us better understand how things like bullying, discrimination, access to information, family rejection, and housing insecurity are also health issues, often with lasting repercussions throughout the lifespan. The presentation draws from quantitative and qualitative research on health and human rights to identify ways that practitioners can be supportive to improve the health and well-being of LGBT youth, as well as recent developments in the legal landscape that affect access to affirming care.

Presentation Learning Objectives:

1) identify challenges experienced by LGBT youth that jeopardize their health and human rights
2) identify supportive interventions from healthcare practitioners
3) discuss federal and state laws that shape permissible care for transgender youth


  • Ryan Thoreson is the Cover-Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights at Yale Law School and a researcher in the LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. He holds a JD from Yale Law School, a D.Phil. in Anthropology from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and an A.B. in Government and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality from Harvard University. He is the author of Transnational LGBT Activism: Working for Sexual Rights Worldwide, published in 2014 by the University of Minnesota Press.

This webinar series is hosted by the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, Pennsylvania Action Coalition, and the Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center.


Click HERE to register for the webinar on 11/18 at 2:30pm EST.

November 18, 2020 at 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Virtual Webinar