Teen Bullied for Being Gay: What Would You Do?
Josh's story: getting bullied at school
Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites. Bullying puts youth at increased risk for depression, suicidal ideation, misuse of drugs and alcohol, risky sexual behavior, and can affect academics as well. It has beneficial psychosocial and developmental effects for youth, too. However, being "out" or just being perceived as being LGBTQ, can put some youth at increased risk for bullying. There are important and unique considerations for strategies to prevent and address bullying of LGBTQ youth. While some of the strategies are specifically for LGBTQ youth, most of them, if adopted by schools and communities, make the environments safer for all students.
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Suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth is an endemic public health issue: LGBTQ youth face more bullying and report higher levels of suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts than their straight peers, according to the National Center for Education Statistics and the Trevor Project. These are the states, according to the study, that reported fewer youth suicide attempts and fewer cases of forced sexual intercourse, regardless of sexual orientation. While one in six high school kids contemplated suicide over the past year, according to The Trevor Project , lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are nearly five times more likely than their straight counterparts to have attempted suicide. The organization, which works to prevent suicide among LGBTQ youth, also found that 40 percent of all transgender adults have attempted suicide — with 92 percent of them having done so before age
In the hallways of a rural Oregon high school, gay and lesbian students were taunted with homophobic slurs. In the cafeteria, students pelted a transgender student with food. Students detailed those allegations in recent state investigative reports into the North Bend School District, a coastal area about miles north of California.