Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth: Overcoming Roadblocks to Care

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Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth: Overcoming Roadblocks to Care

Youth and adolescents who identify as LGBTQ, and especially those who identify as transgender, are often at greater risk than their peers for physical and mental distress including higher rates of homelessness, housing insecurity, physical violence, and anxiety and depression. Transgender young people can face discrimination in their communities which makes seeking and receiving care even more difficult, and this discrimination can take place in individual or family relationships or laws passed by state and federal governments. Join Will Cole of The Trevor Project and Iya Dammons of Baltimore Safe Haven for a conversation on the needs of transgender youth and how the current political and social climate impacts the mental and physical health of this community. 

This session will be virtual. 

ABOUT Iya Dammons

Iya Dammons (she/her) is the Founder and and Executive Director of Baltimore Safe Haven. Baltimore Safe Haven is a 501(c)(3) organization that primarily serves the TLGBQIA community in Baltimore, Maryland and provides numerous services including emergency and transitional housing, groceries and hot meals, and medical referrals for preventative care and testing. 

ABOUT Will Cole

Will Cole (he/they, formerly Beckham), PhD '13, MPH/MA, is the Director of Research Projects at the Trevor Project, where he manages a portfolio of domestic and international research on the mental health of LGBTQ young people. For many years, their research was aimed at reducing sexual and reproductive health disparities for marginalized and vulnerable populations. When he came out as a queer, trans man four years ago, he shifted his focus to the health of LGBTQ+ populations. Before working at the Trevor Project, they were faculty at JHSPH, where he co-taught courses on LGBTQ health and gender and health, and is dedicated to improving the lives of transgender and nonbinary people. Will is also a gestational parent/dad to a young adult, and lives with his husband in Maryland. 

 Event Date
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Start Time: 1:00pm EST
End Time: 1:45pm EST

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