Date: June 13, 2016
A Statement of Inclusion
Healthy Teen Network declares it way past time to let go of fear of LGBTQ+ people once and for all and let love reign in its stead.
Fear manifests itself in health and socioeconomic disparities among the LGBTQ+ population compared to their heterosexual peers, including in substance use, HIV disease, suicide, and homelessness. And fear manifests itself in public policies (approved by fear-motivated policymakers) that discriminate against people who identify as a member of an other-than-heterosexual sexuality- or gender identity-based culture group.
We believe in a world with adolescents and young adults leading healthy and fulfilling lives, and that includes young people who identify as LGBTQ+.