By the Numbers: Top LGBTQ Concerns Contrasted


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LGBTQ youth are more than two times as likely as non-LGBTQ youth to say they have been verbally harassed and called names at school. Among LGBTQ youth, half (51 percent) have been verbally harassed at school, compared to 25 percent.

Non-LGBTQ youth are nearly twice as likely as LGBTQ youth to say they are happy. Among non-LGBTQ youth, 67 percent report being happy while only 37 percent of LGBTQ youth say they are happy.

Among LGBTQ youth, about a third (29 percent) disagreed with the statement
“There is at least one adult I can talk to about my personal problems,” while only 17 percent of the non-LGBTQ youth disagreed with it.

More than half (52 percent) of LGBTQ youth say they have used alcohol and drugs while only 22 percent of non-LGBTQ youth say they have.

Roughly three-quarters (73 percent) of LGBTQ youth say they are more honest about themselves online than in the real world, compared to 43 percent among non-LGBTQ youth.

LGBTQ youth are twice as likely as their peers to say they have been physically assaulted, kicked or shoved at school. Among LGBTQ youth, 17 percent report they have been physically attacked often, while 10 percent of their peers say the same.

LGBTQ Youth Biggest Problems

My parents/family not accepting: 26 percent
Trouble at school/bullying: 21 percent
Afraid to be out/open: 18 percent
Eating disorders/self-harm/depression/suicide: 14 percent
General being LGBTQ: 12 percent
Trouble with classes: 9 percent
Lonely: 7 percent
Religion leading to lack of acceptance: 6 percent
Problems in romantic relationship: 6 percent
Concerns about college/money for college: 6 percent
Confused about sexuality: 5 percent
Finding a partner/accepting partner: 5 percent

Non-LGBTQ Youth Biggest Problems

Trouble with classes/exams/grades: 22 percent
College and career decisions: 17 percent
Financial problems/paying for college/getting a job: 14 percent
Family stress/pressure: 10 percent
Life balance: 8 percent
General stress: 5 percent
Want a boyfriend/girlfriend, boy/girl problems: 5 percent
Family illness/death: 3 percent
Problems with lack of friends/social life: 3 percent
Bipolar/depression/eating disorders/anxiety: 3 percent
Injuries: 2 percent
I don’t have any difficult problems: 2 percent
Problems in romantic relationships: 1 percent
Drugs/drinking: 1 percent
Other: 15 percent

Credit: Human Rights Campaign

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