Lesbian and gay Youth in Ottawa: the Importance of Community
From June 23-August 23, 1991, Pink Triangle Services conducted a needs survey of 129 gay, lesbian & bisexual Ottawa youths. Two-thirds of respondents had contemplated suicide to the extent of developing a plan; 41% of those with a plan had made an attempt. Suicidal behaviour was significantly correlated with age, exposure to violence, drug use & rejection by one’s family. The most frequently mentioned reason for having suicidal feelings was difficulty accepting being gay or lesbian (28%).