Nearly 90 per cent of US gay students harassed over sexuality

Published: September 16, 2010

A US survey of more than 7,000 LGBT students has suggested that the vast majority are harassed at school for their sexuality or gender identity.

The national survey found that 84 per cent were verbally harassed and 18 per cent were physically attacked for being gay, lesbian or bisexual.

The data was collated from the 2009 National School Climate Survey by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). It surveyed 7,261 LGBT students between the ages of 13 and 21 from across the US.

GLSEN also found that 61 per cent of LGB respondents felt unsafe at school, while 62 per cent did not report bullying to teachers because they feared nothing would be done or the problem would get worse.

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