As “bathroom bills,” military transgender bans and elimination of protections for LGBTQ federal employees demonstrate, we are a long way from a society in which coming out is a realistic option for all. The truth of this likely hits youth the hardest, who still risk family rejection, bullying, even homelessness for coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.
The New York City Department of Health used data from the 2015 New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey and findings from focus groups to craft this report highlighting the disproportionate mental health stressors LGBTQ youth experience in school. These include higher rates of bullying and harassment, higher rates of living away from parents or guardians, and increased rates of depression, self-harm and suicidal tendencies. The report also details the common sources of support commonly sought by LGBTQ youth to improve their mental and physical well-being.
The Human Rights Campaign conducted exhaustive surveys of the largest known sample of LGBT youth ever (over 10,000) from across the country to produce this report summarizing and explaining the key difficulties these youth face as the grow up in their varied families and communities.
This new report from Human Rights Watch uses data and information gained from interviews with over 500 students, teachers, administrators, parents, service providers and advocates in five different states to convey the reality that LGBTQ youth face in the education environment. The report then provides a number of policy and practice recommendations that could be implemented to help stop or mitigate the bullying, discrimination, harassment and social exclusion that these students face.
Collective action is needed to ensure the safety of lesbian, gay and bisexual students, who experience violence and other health risks at higher rates than their heterosexual peers, a new federal report says.
It can be far too easy to hide behind a screen in today’s hyperconnected world — whether it’s commenting anonymously or simply using the excuse that your comment wasn’t said to someone’s face and, therefore, shouldn’t be taken seriously. And when it comes to teens, digital behavior that they may view as flirtatious can actually be abusive . . .
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The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) produced this report to comprehensively examine the anti-bullying policies of all 13,181 school districts in the nation. The report presents a troublingly wide discrepancy between districts' policies and a startling lack of protections for LGBT students, specifically.
The 8th biennial report by the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) which outlines the experiences of LGBT youth in schools across the nation and statistically highlights the unique struggles they face in the education system and discrimination from both peers and adult figures.