• Bullying second only to non-accepting families as most important issue to LGBT youth
• LGBT youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide
ELK GROVE, Calif. (October 22, 2018) – Face2Face Youth Group announced a new addition to their Teen Talk program. Pride Talk is a new group discussion event series for LGBT and questioning youth. It joins the Boys Talk and Girls Talk events, which currently make up the Teen Talk program.
Pride Talk is a natural expansion of the Teen Talk program, explains Face2Face Executive Director Margaret Arsenault.
“We have Boys Talk and Girls Talk events, which are gender-specific,” says Arsenault, “because there are some issues that are unique to each gender. By the same token, LGBT youth face challenges and issues that non-LGBT youth do not.”
Arsenault points out that LGBT youth and straight youth alike deal with issues surrounding substance abuse, depression, and self-harm. However, studies indicate that LGBT youth are more than twice as likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol, 2½ times more likely to engage in self-harm, and 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their non-LGBT counterparts. And bullying has been identified by LGBT youth as the second most important problem in their lives, after non-accepting families.
“Sixty percent of LGBT youth didn’t report incidents of bullying to school staff,” Arsenault says, “and one-third who did report an incident said the staff did nothing about it. Our kids deserve better, regardless how they identify.”
Pride Talk provides a safe space, with LGBT volunteer facilitators, where they can discuss topics they might be uncomfortable talking about in front of their non-LGBT peers. Face2Face has reached out to other LGBT community groups to support the program, as well.
The new Pride Talk events will be held at the Teen Center USA and Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School. For the schedule and registration, visit the website at http://Face2FaceYouthGroup/pride-talk.
About Face2Face Youth Group
Face2Face Youth Group, Inc. is a California 501(c)(3) charitable and public benefit nonprofit corporation. Its mission is to improve the social and emotional well-being of youth. To do this, Face2Face Youth Group encourages youth to spend less time on electronic devices, like smartphones, and more time at “offline” activities and events.
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