The Youth Equity Science/YES Project is a collaboration between mental health and human rights experts to benefit lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.

  • YES’s aim is to promote LGBT youth equality, health and well-being and decrease health and wellness disparities associated with stigma such as suicide, bullying, family non-acceptance, and HIV/AIDS.
  • YES’s goal is to promote the use of evidence-based knowledge in conjunction with human rights principles of health justice and equality to address such disparities.
  • YES’s strategy is to create a platform
    • for the translation of scientific research bearing on LGBT youth health and wellbeing into useful practices, programs and policies and law, and
    • to serve as a mechanism to inform research that is relevant to such efforts.

While the YES Project will focus substantially on the United States, it will also encompass laws, policies and programming outside the United States and transnationally.

Strategic Vision


The Youth Equity Science/YES Project is a collaboration between mental health and human rights experts to benefit lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. YES’s aim is to promote LGBT youth equality, health and well-being and decrease health and wellness disparities associated with stigma such as suicide, bullying, family non-acceptance, and HIV/AIDS. YES’s goal is to promote the use of evidence-based knowledge in conjunction with human rights principles of health justice and equality to address such disparities. YES’s strategy is to create a platform for the translation of scientific research bearing on LGBT youth health and wellbeing into useful practices, programs and policies and law, and to serve as a mechanism to inform research that is relevant to such efforts. While the YES Project will focus substantially on the United States, it will also encompass laws, policies and programming outside the United States and transnationally.

Meetings


2018 Planning Conference with Stakeholders

On October 19, 2018, representatives from leading stakeholder LGBT youth advocacy organizations met in Washington DC with youth mental health research, human rights and legal experts involved in planning the YES Project. Two brainstorming sessions explored current policy priorities, the scientific evidence relevant to these, and the basis for a relevant and appropriate project work plan.