Family Acceptance is Main Concern for LGBT Latino Youth

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Being a young LGBT is not easy, but being an LGBT Latino is probably even harder! According to an article by the Huffington Post, the biggest concern for LGBT Latino youth is family acceptance.

A new survey released by the League of United Latin American Citizens(LUALC) revealed that roughly 57 percent of Latino LGBT youth say their family is accepting of LGBT people. This is lower than white LGBT youths (66 percent) and higher than the figure for black LGBT youths (48 percent) and Asian/Pacific Islanders (46 percent).

Less than half, about 47 percent, of these young Latinos say they have an adult in their family they can confide in if they feel worried or sad, compared to 81 percent of their non-LGBT Latino peers.

"The deck is stacked against young people growing up lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender," said LULAC's Executive Director Brent Wilkes. "LULAC is rooted in civic participation and protecting residents from discrimination or indifference along with social ostracism."

The survey was taken by more than 10,000 youths aged 13 to 17.

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