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Profiles in Mentoring: Dr. Gary Harper’s research, advocacy, and policy work with LGBTQ+ youth in the U.S. and Africa

Gary W. Harper, PhD, MPH is a Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, as well as a Professor of Global Public Health, at the University of Michigan. Dr. Harper’s research and community work focuses on the mental health and sexual health needs of adolescents and young adults who experience varying degrees […]

Sexual minority youth natural mentoring experiences differ from those of heterosexual youth

Johnson, D., Gastic, B. (2015). Natural Mentoring in the Lives of Sexual Minority Youth. Journal of Community Psychology, 43(4), 395-407. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.21692 Summarized by Karina De Andrade Notes of Interest: Sexual minority youth were less likely than heterosexual youth to identify family members as mentors, and more likely to identify school adults as mentors. Sexual minority youth […]

How informal mentoring may benefit the educational resilience of sexual minority youth

Gastic, B. & Johnson, D. (2009). Teacher-mentors and the educational resilience of sexual minority youth, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 21:2-3, 219-231, DOI:10.1080/10538720902772139 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: “Teacher-mentors and the Educational resilience of Sexual Minority Youth” is the first research study that analyzes the advantages of informally mentoring sexual minority […]

How mentors can promote positive outcomes for gay young adults

Drevon, D. D., Almazan, E. P., Jacob, S., Rhymer, K. N. (2015). Impact of mentors during adolescence on outcomes among gay young adults. Journal of Homosexuality, 63(6), 821-837. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2015.1112583 Summarized by Jessica Cunningham   Introduction: LGBTQ adolescents are at a risk of a whole host of negative outcomes, including poor school achievement, risky health […]

Research review: Mentoring for LGBTQI-GNC Youth

The National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) has published the latest installment in their series: Mentoring Model/Population Review. The September 2016 iteration is a review of the latest research on the subject of mentoring youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and gender nonconforming (LGBTQI-GNC). Written by Christian L. Rummell, the review spans nearly […]

So you support your gay teen, great: You still have to parent (and mentor) them

By Terri Peters When gay teens come out to their parents, it’s an experience often rife with emotion and candor that can’t help but change the kid–parent dynamic. But experts say that processing a child’s proclamation of their sexuality is only the beginning of the journey for moms and dads. And while there are an […]

An interview with Transgender expert, Professor Walter Bockting

Eight questions for transgender expert Walter Bockting, PhD Founded in 1998, the Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20 honors those murdered as a result of anti-transgender prejudice. According to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, 16.8 percent of transgender students report being physically assaulted because of their gender expression and 32.1 percent experience […]

LGBT Youth Who Come Out In School Have Better Self-Esteem, Finds Study

A new study examines a link between mental health and coming out early. by madeline roth 2/10/2015 While it’s easy to dismiss the at times naïve idea that “it gets better” for all LGBT youth as they grow up, a new study seems to show that yes, it actually does. The study — published in […]

Safer sex if gay teens can talk to parents: Implications for mentors

Posted by Beth Salamon, Rutgers Positive relationships with family and open dialogue lead to more safe sex practices among young gay and bisexual people, report researchers. On the flip side, the study finds that disrupted family relationships result in risky sexual behaviors among this group. “Youth had limited engagement in unsafe sex when the families were […]

LGBTQ Terms That Every Mentor Should Know

Fenway Health recommends that its providers maintain a level of cultural competence in order to best serve their LGBTQ clients, and one element of this is having a working vocabulary surrounding LGBTQ life and health. In the same spirit during National LGBTQ History Month, mentors should also work to build vocabulary around LGBTQ issues in […]