The mental health crisis harming AAPI LGBTQ+ youth

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Supporters of Asian Pacific Islander LGBT Communities march with a rainbow-colored snake through New York's Chinatown. Photo credit Getty Images
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Asian American and Pacific Islander LGBTQ+ youth are struggling right now.

A new report from The Trevor Project found that 40 percent of AAPI LGBT+ have considered suicide in the past year. Sixteen percent have attempted it.

Many factors are at play here. Anti-Asian hate crimes and anti-queer rhetoric remain at-large. Young people with these intersectional identities are especially vulnerable to mental health issues.

In the latest episode of “It’s Okay To Say Gay”, producer Jill Webb talks to Myeshia Price, a researcher from the Trevor Project, to understand what’s going on in the community.

She’s also joined by Crystal Widado, a teenage mental health advocate, to hear firsthand how her ethnicity and identity influence her mental health.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Filipinos participate in the annual Pride March on June 29, 2019 in Marikina, east of Manila, Philippines. Metro Manila Pride, the group behind the march announced a record crowd of more than 50,000 participants in this years Pride March, doubling the size than that of last year. With a theme of #ResistTogether,, this years march not only focus on educating the public on gender identities, particularly that of the LGBTQ communities but also of the countries social issues such as human rights.