Center for LGBTQ+ Health Equity (CLHE)
Statement from the Center for LGBTQ+ Health Equity in support of transgender and nonbinary children, adolescents and their families
The Center for LGBTQ+ Health Equity (CLHE) was created to lead scientific inquiry into the physical, emotional and social health of LGBTQ+ youth, adults and families, and guide best practices for achieving health equity for this population.
The work of the Center is guided by scholars, community leaders and nationally recognized experts in the field of LGBTQ+ health, who are committed to advancing research, collaboration, training and outreach activities that facilitate dialogue, broaden awareness and promote social change. Learn more about our team members.
Our vision: A world that promotes the physical, emotional and social well-being of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The newly developed sexual minority adolescent stress inventory (SMASI)
Read the SMASI Report and the development of the instrument
Research shows that sexual and gender minorities (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) experience significant mental and behavioral health disparities when compared to their heterosexual counterparts. Sexual minorities report significantly higher rates of anxiety, depression, suicide and substance abuse, among other harmful behaviors. Many of these disparities are systemic at the family, community and societal levels.