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Researchers Say One in Every Four LGBTQ Youth Attempts Suicide

A study by the Journal of the American Medical Association is pointing out that one in every four LGBTQ teens attemps suicide in the United States.

The study, which was published recently but is based on data from 2015, was penned by UPenn’s Wharton School researchers Theodore Caputi, Davey Smith, and John Ayers. Together, the three looked over data about “sexual minority adolescents," which they ultimately decided would represent LGBQ youth (If you're wondering where the "T" is, more on that later).

Within the 15,624 people who participated in the survey, 40% admitted that they had seriously considered suicide at least once before. The three then compared that to the 14.8% of straight respondents who said the same.

But that’s not all. 34.9% of LGBQ youth admitted that they had planned to commit suicide at least once while 11.9% of straight youth said the same.

Lastly, 24.9% of LGBQ adolescents admitted that they attempted suicide at least once in the past year. The researchers then compared that to the 6.3% of heterosexual teens who had done the same.

“The most staggering finding, the one that really makes you think, is just how prevalent these suicide-risk behaviors are in the LGBQ adolescent community,” said Caputi, “Research has shown that suicide-risk behaviors are an indicator of extreme distress.”

“The more I researched the connection between suicide risk and teens who identify as sexual minorities, the more interesting it became,” he said.

“In particular, these results were so striking it was clear this work could have some real-world impact informing policy.”

Ayers then went on to talk to Reuters Health about the horror (and reality) of the statistics.

 “We must recognize LGBQ teen suicide is a national public health crisis and bring extraordinary resources to bear to address the crisis,” he said.

That said, this is only the start of researching the topic. For instance, the data that Ayers and his colleagues used had a significant lack of data about transgender youth.

“Limited by the lack of data for suicide risks among transgender adolescents’. Plus, its ‘60% response rate … may limit generalizability.”

For now, this is a start in the right direction, but there is more to be done.

Watch: Adults React to Logic's "1-800-273-8255"

Screenshot / via Youtube @FBE

Youtube Channel the Fine Bros has been making viral video after vrial video for years now.

But, it's always great when the react channel focuses on videos with great causes.

We've kept you up to date on all the videos they've put out for the gay animation In a Heartbeat. We've shared when Elders reacted to the short film, when the creators reacted to the elders, and when kids reacted to the animation.

But today adults of college aged and up got to react to a new video with an LGBTQ focus.

The video they reacted to was the "1-800-273-8255" by Logic.

The rapper Logic chose to shine a spotlight on teen suicide and particularly on preventing it. While the lyrics speak of upturning from suicidal thoughts, the song's title is in fact the number for the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

In addition to that, the video below features the story of a gay athlete struggling because the people in his life don't accept his sexuality.

The video has not only gone viral with 1.8 million views and counting, but it has even served its purpose of connecting those in need with the hotline as reports are showing an increase in callers seeking help.

So, if you’re wondering what FBE’s adults think of the music video. Check out the Youtube video down below.

MUST WATCH: Logic's New MV About Teen Suicide Prevention

Ladies, Gentlemen, and those in-between, I am crying. I am crying because I just watched this beautiful video for Logic’s new song “1-800-273-8255,” and I am writing because I had to share it with all of you.

For those wondering, 1-800-273-8255 is the number for the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Hotline, and this video centers around this concept but with an LGBTQ focus.

And just that important detail should tell you the power of this music video’s story. I won’t tell you much because I don’t want to spoil it for you.

What I will tell you is that the video is put together by a fantastic group of creatives. From the addition of Alessia Clara and Khalid as feature artists on the song to having Modern Family’s Nolan Gould, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle, Matthew Modine, Luiz Guzmán, and Nickelodeon’s Coy Stewart, playing the main role, taking parts as actors. You can see there’s talent all over this video.

So go grab some tissues, prepare for your heart to be touched, and watch 1-800-273-8255 by Logic.