Helping LGBTQI+ Youth with Caring [➦]
• Health, social services and education professionals
• Practical Guide
Michel Dorais, Ph. D and Jasmin Roy for the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation
Release Date and Last Update
May 2022 (no update as of the review date)
It had two main objectives: to better understand and address the stigma experienced by LGBTQI+ youth; and to promote the well-being of these youth through intervention, in particular, the development of healthy social and emotional lifestyles in various living environments.
The guiding theme of this document is caring and proactive support for LGBTQI+ youth and their environments. To achieve this, we will explain how to develop knowledge, soft skills and know-how that are relevant to the realities experienced by LGBTQI+ youth today.
The content of this guide is divided into three sections: essential knowledge in order to understand the problems that LGBTQI+ youth may face and which require intervention; soft skills to be developed in order to carry out this intervention with empathy, openness and caring; lastly, know-how to be put into practice, i.e. skills to be developed in order to intervene with these youth and their environments and to foster respect for their individuality and rights as well as their resilience and ability to improve their own lives. The main aim throughout this guide is to promote an inclusive society for LGBTQI+ youth.
*** Note that this description was written by Michel Dorais and translated by Myles Mckelvey. ***
Dorais, M. and Roy, J. (2022). Helping LGBTQI+ Youth with Caring. https://fondationjasminroy.com/en/initiative/helping-lgbtqi-youth-with-caring/
This guide allows practitioners to learn about specific issues and realities of LGBTQ+ youth. It is based on the content of the École d’été sur les jeunes LGBTQ+ (LGBTQ+ Summer School) of May 2021, which brought together several researchers and practitioners working with these young people, making it an extremely relevant tool. The section presenting the knowledge prior to know (p. 9) is detailed and takes an intersectional approach, as it shows multiple examples of multiple discriminations that some LGBTQ+ youth have to face. In addition, the following sections on soft skills and know-how are extremely relevant in explaining benevolent interventions to LGBTQ+ youth while recognizing their empowerment. Overall, this guide is an essential tool for practitioners who have to interact with LGBTQ+ youth in their practice.
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