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Compared to heterosexual youth, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth are at higher risk for depression, tobacco, alcohol and other drug use, suicide, and unhealthy sexual behaviors. The #1 priority set by Vermont's LGBTQ youth was access to queer-inclusive sex education during middle and high school. In collaboration with OutrightVT, an LGBTQ youth service organization based in Burlington, we worked to expand access to a 24 hour text-messaging based reproductive health hotline 724-888-7277 (SASS).
The number and frequency of text messages submitted to the hotline pre- and post-intervention were used measure the increase in access/awareness.
LGBTQ, LGBT, Queer, Sex, Education, Reproductive, Health, Texting, Vermont
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Shear, Matthew A., "A Confidential SMS Texting Service for LGBTQ Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health" (2016). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 155.