LGBTQ+

Lambert House

The Lambert House banner being displayed at a Seattle parade

Youth struggling with their gender identity, are much more likely to suffer from mental health issues than their cis peers. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “nearly 1 in 2 transgender, female to male and 2 in 5 nonbinary adolescents reported that they had tried to kill themselves.” The picture gets even more grim when you look at the statistics from an intersectional point of view. The Trevor Project reports that 21% of Black LGBTQ+ youth have attempted suicide, compared to 12% of their white counterparts. The children in our community are struggling to find safe spaces and comfort in their identities, leading to shockingly high rates of mental health struggles. Here in Washington State, one organization working to create an inclusive environment and connect LGBTQ+ youth with resources is the Lambert House. Originally named “Association of Gay and Lesbian Youth Advocates”, the Lambert House became a 501(c)3 organization in 1981, and opened their Capitol Hill location in 1991. “Lambert House is an international leader in LGBTQ youth community building – the primary prevention strategy for the constellation of risks that disproportionately affects all LGBTQ youth. The risks we address include: social isolation, depression, suicide, alcohol and other drug use, HIV & other STDs, family conflict that can lead to homelessness and survival sex, and school failure.” This organization provides lots of opportunities for youth to connect through functions like movie and art nights, outdoor recreation trips, and community dances. They also provide access to resources that include “LGBT-friendly shelter beds, transitional housing, job training, GED programs, scholarship programs, and low-cost colleges.” In addition, Lambert House provides many programs, including a transgender support group, HIV prevention education, a LGBTQ library, cost-free haircuts, and a cybercenter that provides access to technology. 

Lambert House is very accessible to the general public, with many ways to contact them and lots of information and background available on their website. They also have social media accounts that are easily accessible, but they do not interact very much on there. Lambert House is a local version of other organizations supporting queer youth such as The Trevor Project, It Gets Better Project, and GLSEN, which provides resources for both youth and educators. The Lambert House provides a number of invaluable resources for at-risk youth in our community, and is an important part of creating a safer world for LGBTQ+ children.

Written by Madeline Joyce, University of Washington Bothell

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