By Kim Allman, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Public Policy
Submitted by Gen
Young people in the LGBTQ+ community face significant threats online. Research shows that almost twice as many LGBTQ+ students reported being cyberbullied compared to heterosexual students, which can have negative consequences such as emotional distress, mental health issues, and suicidal thoughts and attempts.
At the same time, the internet can also be a positive environment for LGBTQ+ young people. It can give them the privacy to explore questions about sexual health and coming out, and introduce them to safe, supportive communities of peers and allies.
That’s why Gen has partnered with The Trevor Project, the leading suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ+ young people, to create the Guide to Online Safety for LGBTQ+ Young People. This free digital resource helps queer youth navigate the digital world. A few sample tips from the resource include:
Launching this resource in October was intentional, as it’s both LGBTQ+ History Month and Cybersecurity Awareness Month. LGBTQ+ History Month provides the opportunity to not only lift up the achievements and contributions of LGBTQ+ people, but to raise awareness of ongoing discrimination and struggles, including suicide and cyberbullying among young people. LGBTQ+ young people need safe, accepting and supportive environments – at home, at school, in their communities and in the digital world. And we are proud to play a role in providing resources that help them navigate the internet more safely.
This initiative with The Trevor Project is one of the many ways Gen provides year-round support to members of the LGBTQ+ community. Our partnership with The Trevor Project includes financial support for TrevorSpace, an affirming online community for more than 400,000 LGBTQ+ young people. We also work regularly with Out & Equal to make our workplaces as inclusive as possible.
We would love your help in distributing this important guide. Please feel free to share our Guide to Online Safety for LGBTQ+ Young People resource with people you know and your networks.
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