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Queer Youth.org

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth have higher instances of depression and suicide, in part due to a lack of information about themselves and to feelings of isolation from being different. The goal of this site is to disseminate the information that LGBTQ youth may need to help understand themselves, and to realize that they are not alone.

QueerYouth.org is organized into six distinct sections: Main, Questioning Sexuality, About Homosexuality, Coming Out, Gay Community, and Communicate. Each of these sections act as a level of knowledge. It is my belief that the order of these levels is identical to the journey of coming out. Working backwards highlights this belief: before you can join the gay community, you must come out. Before you come out, one must learn about homosexuality in order to have the information to respond knowledgeably to the questions of those to whom you come out. Before you start learning about homosexuality, you must question your sexuality. Although the Communicate section is not a part of the stated journey, I feel that it is necessary – not only to help LGBTQ youth with questions that may not be addressed in this site – but also to help them realize that they are not alone.