A new study by the Family Acceptance Project supports what many of us probably already knew: That LGBTQ students who go to schools with gay-straight alliances (GSAs) — even if they never attend — are happier and more successful. They seem to have lower rates of depression, suicide and substance use. They also have more success in school and are more likely to go on to higher education. This seems to fit with the notion that when LGBTQ youth receive even a small amount of regular support or acceptance, they are healthier and happier. A previous study showed that youth whose parents made even small efforts to be more accepting were had better mental health than those who don’t.
For more information on GSA’s, see the GSA Network. This fantastic non-profit has information about how to find a GSA near you, and how to start and build one in your school!