'Long-term health benefits' for LGBT youth who come out during high school

February 11, 2015 3:05 PM

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'Long-term health benefits' for LGBT youth who come out during high school

The new study, which is published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, was led by University of Arizona (UA) researcher Stephen Russell, who analyzed data gathered by the Family Acceptance Project, a "research, intervention, education and policy initiative" established by San Francisco State University to promote the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and adolescents.

Russell, a UA distinguished professor of Family Studies and Human Development, decided to conduct the study after he was asked to provide an expert opinion in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against Okeechobee High School in Florida.

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