New Research on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Questioning, Gender Nonconforming & Transgender (LGBQ/GNCT) Youth in the Justice System
October 03, 2017 | Emily Taylor
In an article published in the 2017 issue of the Harvard Kennedy School’s LGBTQ Policy Journal, Angela Irvine and Aisha Canfield examine new data on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Questioning, Gender Nonconforming, and Transgender (LGBQ/GNCT) Youth in the Justice System. The authors reviewed survey data collected during 2013-2014 from 1,400 youth in seven juvenile detention halls across the country. Of those surveyed, 40 percent of the female population and 13 percent of the male population were LGBQT and gender non-conforming. And 85 percent of the LGBQ/GNCT youth, are also youth of color. The article includes the authors’ recommendations for providing juvenile justice processes to better meet the needs of this population.