Parents, teachers and youth workers have seen it before: bullying. Whether it’s because of size, shape or ability, there seems to be no limit to the breadth and impact of bullying.
One group that often feels the brunt of bullying is LGBTQ youth. Like students who are bullied for their appearance or other differences, LGBTQ youth may experience substantial negative impacts due to harassment and hostility.
According to the 2013 National School Climate Survey by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), 74 percent of LGBT middle and high school students “were verbally harassed…because of their sexual orientation and 55 percent because of their gender expression.” The report also noted that 30 percent of these students missed at least one day of school due to feeling unsafe or uncomfortable, and their grade point averages were between nine and 15 percent lower than those of other students. For more statistics, click here.