The Hard Facts: (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/youth.htm - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Negative attitudes toward gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people put LGBT youth at increased risk for experiences with violence, compared with other students. Violence can include behaviors such as bullying, teasing, harassment, physical assault, and suicide-related behaviors.
A 2009 survey* of more than 7,000 LGBT middle and high school students aged 13-21 years found that in the past year, because of their sexual orientation
- Eight of ten students had been verbally harassed at school
- Four of ten had been physically harassed at school
- Six of ten felt unsafe at school
- One of five had been the victim of a physical assault at school .
*Survey participants were recruited online and through community-based groups and service organizations serving LGBT youth.