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Promoting Safe Spaces for LGBTQ+ Youth: A Community Commitment

As a communications specialist who has worked with various civil society organizations, I have had the privilege of collaborating with initiatives aimed at promoting inclusion and respect for the human rights of all people. In this context, I would like to highlight the invaluable work of The Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ+ youth in Mexico.


My connection with the work of The Trevor Project is personal and deep. By offering a completely free service, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for LGBTQ+ youth, this organization provides the type of support I wish I had when I was a teenager. The need for safe spaces and support resources for LGBTQ+ youth is undeniable, especially in a context where discrimination and violence can increase the risk of developing suicidal thoughts or attempting suicide.


It is important to debunk the false belief that LGBTQ+ individuals are more prone to suicide because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. Instead, they face an elevated risk due to external factors, such as discrimination and lack of support. It is crucial to understand that mental health and the environment play a vital role in anyone's life, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.


A recent study by The Trevor Project in Mexico shows alarming figures that reflect the reality faced by LGBTQ+ youth in Mexico. More than half of these youth seriously considered suicide last year, and one in three LGBTQ+ youth attempted it. This reality affects disproportionately youth between the ages of 13 and 17. The data underline the urgency of providing adequate support and resources to LGBTQ+ youth, particularly during their formative adolescent years.


Of the LGBTQ+ young people who attempted suicide last year, 77% said that the motivation for the suicide attempt was related to their family situation, and 60% to the school environment, highlighting the importance of creating safe and supportive environments both at home and at school, where LGBTQ+ youth feel accepted and respected.


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