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LGBTQ+ youth

Young people everywhere deserve to be who they are without fear of bullying or discrimination.


But whether they’re in school hallways or in out-of-home care settings, LGBTQ+ young people are uniquely vulnerable—and often neglected and unprotected by the institutions responsible for their care. 

Through our Youth in Out-Of-Home Care Project and broader advocacy efforts, Lambda Legal works to ensure that all LGBTQ+ young people are safe and free from discrimination.

Cases on youth issues.

trans child and parent at a rally with trans flags
Students hold pride flags outside of a school bus to protest banning of Gay Straight Alliances

Fast Facts

32 million

How many LGBTQ+ young people are estimated to live in the U.S.—and more than half are young people of color


The percentage of LGBTQ+ youth who’ve reported experiencing homelessness or housing instability


The percentage of LGBTQ+ youth who wanted mental health care but weren’t able to access it

Your rights

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