The paradox of progress for sexual and gender diverse youth
Fish, Jessica N.
Russell, Stephen T.
Fish, J. N., & Russell, S. T. (2022). The paradox of progress for sexual and gender diverse youth. Current Opinion in Psychology, 48, 101498. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2022.101498
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In this essay, we explore diversity in sexual and gender identities, with a focus on implications of the current politicized moment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning youth. As youth come out at younger ages, their personal identity development collides with the adolescence period characterized by peer influence, stigma, and possible victimization. We consider the changing and diverse experiences of coming out in adolescence for sexual and gender diverse youth. The current social and political moment offers possibilities for new identities, yet anti-LGBTQ + legislative and policy actions have crucial implications for health and wellbeing for youth.