We Hear You

We Hear You

“Younger adults are at a greater risk for experiencing depressive symptoms compared to older Latinos.”
We Hear You

We Hear You

“An official report from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2009 that nearly 15% of Hispanic teens had attempted suicide the year before compared to 10% of all city high school girls.”
We Hear You

We Hear You

“Perceived discrimination and depressed emotion are highly linked in Latino adolescents.”
We Hear You

We Hear You

“11% of Hispanic girls across the country admitted a suicide attempt.”


The Latino community tends to be very conservative when it comes to sex and sexuality. Therefore, the topic of sexuality is often avoided. This can be difficult during our youth, when we have questions or concerns about our intimate relationships. Feeling like we can’t or shouldn’t talk about sex complicates our feelings about it, and can lead to confused feelings and not having the information we need about sex and sexuality.

This can be especially complicated if we identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ). Why is this case? Traditional Latino/a values are strongly influenced by Catholic or Christian religions, which often reject individuals that identify as homosexual. If you’ve heard your parents talking negatively about homosexuals, it may be especially difficult to talk with your parents in an open and honest way about your own sexuality. This may create feelings of fear, guilt, shame, or confusion about your sexual identity as well as feelings of anger due to the intolerance in society towards individuals that are homosexual.

Being LGBTQ is a normal expression of human sexuality and there is nothing wrong with it. If you have questions about sexuality, it is important to get the facts! And if you are concerned about how your family and friends may react, you may want to speak with someone to explore how to balance your own feelings about sexuality, your personal values, and the expectations and values of your family and friends.

Some common questions and concerns that may come up for you are:

  • Are these feelings bad? What would my parents or my religion say?
  • I think I’m gay, but if my parents find out they will disown me. What can I do?
  • Would my parents and family ever be able to understand or accept it?
  • What about religion?

These, among others, are all questions and emotions that we may have when we are in this situation, and that’s why we’re here! We hear you and you are not alone! Questions and feelings like these as well as others are all things that we can talk about with a counselor. Whether you are at school or at a community agency, seeking special time with a counselor gives you a safe space to talk about these things without feeling weird, judged or misunderstood.

To get more information on where to find someone to talk to, click here!

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