Importance

The programs Prism develops help to illuminate the ways in which heteronormative and LGBT-phobic cultural constructs influence identity development. Disparities in mental health, education, career and financial success are documented, and stem from a variety of factors including social stigma, discrimination, prejudice, denial of civil and human rights, abuse, harassment, victimization, social exclusion and family rejection.

Interrupting and altering the culture’s embrace of homonegativity and transphobia into one that accepts and affirms LGBT+ persons will have a direct impact on measures of health, education, career success and longevity for these populations.  Equally as compelling, research studies have found that non-LGBT+ persons also benefit when exposed to cultures of acceptance and affirmation.

 

LGBT students do not feel safe at school

GLSEN School Climate Survey, 2011

experiences of people who were out as transgender in k-12 or believed classmates, teachers or school staff thought they were transgender

  2014 US Transgender Survey

2014 US Transgender Survey

lgbt workers experience discrimination in the workplace

Human Rights Campaign 2014. The Cost of the Closet and the Rewards of Inclusion. Why the Workplace Environment for LGBT People Matters to Employers

 

physical and verbal abuse increases self-harm

IMPACT. (2010). Mental health disorders, psychological distress, and suicidality in a diverse sample of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youths. American Journal of Public Health. 100(12), 2426-32.

MORE LIKELY TO ATTEMPT SUICIDE

  CDC. (2016). Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Risk Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

CDC. (2016). Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Risk Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER INJURY

  CDC. (2016). Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Risk Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

CDC. (2016). Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Risk Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

lgbt employees file workplace discrimination complaints at the same rate as people of color 

  2017 LGBT Data Overview. The Williams Institute

2017 LGBT Data Overview. The Williams Institute