The LGBTQ+ community is among the most vulnerable minorities. Even though homosexuality is legal in all European states, the LBGTQ+ community still has to encounter unfavorable public opinions, legal problems, and other difficulties. Therefore, it is not surprising that LGBTQ+ individuals face serious health issues linked to societal discrimination and the denial of their human rights.
Although Europe is one of the most equality-advanced continents, LGBTQ+ individuals are disadvantaged as they suffer from inequalities and social exclusion. Due to these social challenges, LGBTQ+ (and more particularly youth) are at risk for mental health issues like anxiety, the feeling of isolation, and depression. Moreover, LGBTQ+ youth are more likely to experience homelessness and suffer drug addiction. All these factors cause a higher risk of committing suicide (LGBTQ+ youth are 2 to 3 times more likely to attempt suicide).
Thus, gender and sexual orientation issues are one of the priorities of this century. People who are unaware and do not understand the LGBTQ+ issues tend to have prejudices, which can quickly turn into fear or hatred. It is necessary to educate the youth on such vital topics, raise awareness and promote open-mindedness and respect for everyone regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, or how they express it.