U. Arizona Receives Nearly $4 Million in Grants for LGBTQ Mental Health

2024-03-11 11:00:46

People are suspicious that this may really be about pushing gender ideology.

Feds give $4M in grants to U. Arizona for LGBTQ+ mental health

Nearly $4 million in grants to the University of Arizona for LGBTQ+ mental health services is raising concerns among some students.

The UA Southwest Institute for Research on Women recently received $3.7 million in federal grants, according to a university news release late last month. The two grants came from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The money will be used to support mental health programs for LGBTQ+ youth as part of the UA institute’s mission to “develop, conduct, and disseminate collaborative outreach, education, intervention, and research projects of importance to diverse groups.”

But UA student Kunal Lobo told The College Fix he is worried the money will be used to push critical race theory and similar ideologies.

“Obviously, everyone – including LGBT people – can benefit from mental health services,” Lobo said via text message. “However, what they define as mental health services is not directly said in the press release, so I have my skepticism.”

“Given the mental health resources pushing CRT, it’s not a giant leap to think that they’re pushing gender ideology as well,” Lobo told The Fix.

He said he is “highly suspicious” that the resources mentioned in the grant “are not true therapy resources and rather the gender ideology version of it.”

The university institute will use the $2.5 million grant to fund its Spectrum+ program, which “provides sexual health education, HIV and hepatitis testing and HIV prevention navigation,” according to the news release.

Spectrum+ also connects participants with mental health services, according to the release.

A second $1.2 million grant will fund the UA Family Pride Initiative over the next three years, the news release states.

The initiative connects LGBTQ youth with mental health services “as well as training for parents, counselors and others who provide care to LGBTQ+ youth.”

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