LGBTQ strategies also help straight students, says UBC researcher

August 12, 2016

Having studied LGBTQ issues among youth for 20 years, UBC nursing professor Elizabeth Saewyc has found that initiatives to support LGBTQ benefit straight youth in addition to LGBTQ youth. Speaking with the Georgia Straight, Saewyc says that she has observed improved health outcomes, such as lower levels of suicidal thoughts and substance abuse, among straight students in schools with supportive LGBTQ policies. She adds that she hopes to conduct qualitative research that will involve speaking with youth about their perspectives on LGBTQ issues and health concerns. Georgia Straight