Young people with intersecting LGBTQ+ A and BIPOC identities are incredibly resilient. At the same time, they face enormous stress related to the COVID 19 pandemic, racism, and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. While many LGBTQ+A BIPOC youth and young adults find support and connection amongst their peers, or through family, including families of choice, or communities grounded in faith, activism, or other shared interests and values, others struggle with isolation. Those who seek mental health treatment often face barriers such as a shortage of practitioners with relevant expertise, mistrust of the healthcare system, and inadequate insurance coverage. Many also experience logistical challenges related to transportation, scheduling, lack of privacy, and little access to technology required for successful telehealth engagement.
Please join us and the LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity Center of Excellence for an interactive conversation about the resilience of BIPOC LGBTQ+A young people, and explore how providers, practitioners, caregivers, and other adults can help these youth navigate challenges and thrive.