Extensive news coverage about suicides of gay youth, or those believed to be gay, resulted in an unprecedented national discussion about suicide risk among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Much of the reporting oversimplified or sensationalized the underlying issues by drawing a direct cause and effect link between bullying, homophobia and suicide, or by reporting that LGBT youth are more likely to die by suicide than are their heterosexual peers. This type of news coverage and misinformation can contribute to suicide contagion.
AFSP partnered with the Johnson Family Foundation, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the Movement Advancement Project, and several other national LGBT organizations to develop Talking About Suicide & LGBT Populations, a set of recommendations for safe messaging about suicide in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. The recommendations are grounded in research-based best practices for safely and responsibly discussing suicide.
Organizations participating in the development of the report include:
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
- Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
- Human Rights Campaign
- Johnson Family Foundation
- Movement Advancement Project
- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
- Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays
- The Trevor Project
To speak with experts about suicide among LGBT people, or for more information about safe reporting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 347-826-3577.