CDC Launches LGBT Youth Bullying Prevention Web Page

Published: February 3, 2011

LGBT Youth Collage

Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and those who are questioning their sexual orientation are happy and thrive during their adolescent years. Going to a school that has created a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and having caring and accepting parents are especially important. This helps all youth achieve good grades and maintain good mental and physical health. However, some LGBT youth face greater difficulties in their lives and school environments compared to their heterosexual peers, such as bullying.
Bullying and Harassment

Negative attitudes toward gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people put LGBT youth at increased risk for verbal or physical harassment at school compared to other students [1]. For example, a 2009 online survey of more than 7,000 LGBT middle and high school students found that

    * Eight in ten had been verbally or physically harassed at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.
    * Six in ten felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation,  and
    * One in five had been the victim of a physical assault [2].

Unfortunately, these types of abuse are also experienced outside of school and may continue into young adulthood. A study published in 2004 looked at discrimination and violence among young gay and bisexual men between the ages of 18 and 27 and found that 37% had been harassed and 5% had experienced physical violence in the past six months because of their sexual orientation [3].
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