Study probes impact of acceptance, rejection on LGBT youth

The first major study of how families respond and adapt when LGBT youth come out during adolescence was hailed yesterday by an Obama administration official, David Hansell, for its recommendations on how to stem what he called “the tragic rash of suicide and bullying” in which targeted LGBT young people are victimized.

Hansell, who is gay, is acting assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). He spoke before a gathering to discuss “The Critical Role of Family Support of LGBT Youth,” where the report was the centerpiece – at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress.


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