An Australian study has examined how supportive environments, such as schools and workplaces, impact the mental health and happiness of LGBTQA+ youth. Researchers discovered that when these settings affirm and support their identities, both cisgender and trans or gender diverse youth experience lower psychological distress and greater happiness.
However, not all LGBTQA+ youth have equal access to affirming environments, as differences exist based on gender, type of school, and geographic location.
The findings demonstrate that affirming educational and workplace settings can lead to not only improved mental health but also increased subjective happiness among LGBTQA+ youth. These results underscore the importance of ensuring that all LGBTQA+ youth have the opportunity to thrive in environments where they feel validated and confident expressing their identities. Additionally, the findings emphasize the need to target educational institutions and workplaces to implement policies and practices that promote not just the inclusion of LGBTQA+ youth but the affirmation of their identities.