Washington, D.C., February 5, 2019
-A new campaign launched today by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), the Biden Foundation, and Gender Spectrum, "Advancing Acceptance
," raises awareness of the importance of family and community acceptance in the lives of transgender and gender diverse youth. The campaign provides crucial resources for friends and family who may have questions, be struggling with acceptance, or who are looking for ways to support transgender or gender diverse youth. According to the Biden Foundation
, when parents and families accept and embrace their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) child,?that acceptance
dramatically improves their child's self-esteem and decreases the likelihood they will experience depression or suicidal ideation, or engage in self-harming behaviors. And?research
shows that transgender youth experience greatly reduced anxiety and depression when they are accepted and affirmed at home, in school, and in their communities.