The Mental Health and Well-Being of Multiracial LGBTQ Youth

Trevor Project 2022

Multiracial youth are the fastest-growing demographic in the United States (Jones et al., 2021);
however, minimal research specifically explores multiracial youth’s mental health and well-being.
Even less research explores the intersection of multiracial and LGBTQ identities, particularly
among youth. The unique convergence of stressors experienced by holding a multiracial identity
and an LGBTQ identity might make them more susceptible to negative experiences, and as a
result, poorer mental health and well-being. This report is the first of its kind to explore the
mental health and well-being of LGBTQ youth who are multiracial and provide within-group
findings among multiracial LGBTQ youth to highlight different experiences among multiracial
LGBTQ youth. This report uses data from a national sample of over 4,700 multiracial LGBTQ youth
(14.6%) ages 13–24 who participated in The Trevor Project’s 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ
Youth Mental Health.

Multiracial LGBTQ youth are diverse in their racial, sexual, and gender identities.

  • 75% of multiracial LGBTQ youth identified with two races/ethnicities, and 25% with more than two
  • Multiracial LGBTQ youth were more concentrated in the Western part of the U.S., compared to the overall LGBTQ youth sample
  • 30% of multiracial LGBTQ youth were bisexual, 22% gay or lesbian, 21% pansexual, 12% queer, 10% asexual, and 1% straight
  • 57% of multiracial LGBTQ youth identified as transgender or nonbinary, compared to 51% of the overall LGBTQ youth sample


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