Article Summary

Just released, Moving Beyond Change Efforts: Evidence and Action to Support and Affirm LGBTQI+ Youth provides a comprehensive research overview of effective and ineffective therapeutic practices related to youth of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity.

SAMHSA’s new report:

  • Provides an updated evidence-based roadmap for supporting and affirming LGBTQI+ youth.
  • Comprehensively reviews the key scientific studies, guidelines from major medical and other professional associations, and implications for clinical care.
  • Offers guidance and highlights resources for health care providers, educators, families, community leaders, and others — to reduce behavioral health inequities facing LGBTQI+ youth and their families.
  • Explores policy levers and future research areas that can improve the behavioral health of LGBTQI+ youth.

Significant research over the past several years lays to rest any questions about sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI, pronounced “SO-gee”) change efforts — commonly known as “conversion therapy.” It is harmful, ineffective, inappropriate, and should never be provided to youth.

Furthermore, new research supports gender-affirming care for youth.

LGBTQI+ youth, like all others, deserve to grow up in supportive environments that allow them to thrive and achieve their human potential.