SHIFT NC

LGBTQ Young People

We work to improve the sexual health of all adolescents and young adults, and understand that young people have widely varying needs.

LGBTQ+ young people face health disparities that put them at higher risk for unplanned pregnancy, STDs, HIV, sexual assault, and relationship violence. Through our initiatives, we work to reduce the risk factors that produce these disparities, while trying to increase the protective factors that help young people be and stay healthy. These include: 

  • Ensuring that health education and youth development programs include LGBTQ+ young people
  • Helping healthcare providers create welcoming spaces where LGBTQ+ young people feel comfortable seeking healthcare
  • Encouraging adults to create safe and supportive environments so that LGBTQ+ young people have the same access to education, healthcare, and support services that their peers do.