California State of Mind Essentials

The mental health impact of being LGBTQ+ and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)

“Being black already makes life hard…adding being gay on top [of] that is extremely difficult.” A student quote from a 2018 Human Rights Campaign report highlights the struggles LGBTQ+ youth of color face. Discrimination and mental health conditions are inextricably linked and without people that understand and offer support, LGBTQ+ youth of color are left alone.

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