As “bathroom bills,” military transgender bans and elimination of protections for LGBTQ federal employees demonstrate, we are a long way from a society in which coming out is a realistic option for all. The truth of this likely hits youth the hardest, who still risk family rejection, bullying, even homelessness for coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.
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Most LGBTQ youth who trade sex for necessities or money they need to survive use protection to prevent sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy — but not everyone does, and not every time, says a new report from the Urban Institute.