CDC launches LGBT bullying prevention web page

Front the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website…

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. 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.

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.

Find out more at the CDC’s LGBT Health Webpage:

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