LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Suicidality among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth

Report by ILGA-Europe to the Social, Health and Family Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, August 2007

I. The incidence of suicide attempts among LGBT youth
II Factors resulting in increased suicidality among LGBT youth
III What constitutes a “hostile social environment” for LGBT youth
III (i) Family
III (ii) Schools
III (iii) Friends
III (iv) Religious community
III (v) Media
III (vi) Recent research on the situation in schools in the UK
IV A hostile social environment and heightened risk of suicidality among LGBT youth
IV (i) Between becoming aware of one’s identity as an LGBT person and
before disclosure of this identity to others
IV (ii) After disclosure of one’s LGBT identity to others
V Reducing the incidence of suicidality among young LGBT people
VI Conclusions
VII Recommendations for actions by member state governments