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Safe Spaces Places: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) youth experience trauma at higher rates than their straight peers.

Common traumas experienced by these youth include bullying, harassment, traumatic loss, intimate partner violence, and physical and sexual abuse, as well as traumatic forms of societal stigma, bias and rejection.

Historically, professionals have failed to recognize and meet the needs of traumatized LGBTQ youth, leading to poor engagement, ineffective treatment and in some cases, perpetuating the youth’s traumatic experiences. To ensure that these youth receive the care they deserve, providers need resources to create safe spaces and familiarize themselves with the issues facing traumatized LGBTQ youth.

This 25-minute video introduces the viewer to the needs of LGBTQ youth who have experienced trauma. You may use the video as a training tool, for example, during a staff meeting or in supervision with staff. You can show the video in its entirety or in segments.

However you use this resource, be sure to allow time for discussion after viewing the video. Questions to facilitate growth, learning, and change follow.

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