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esbian, gay, and bisexual high school students across the United States experience substantially higher levels of physical and sexual violence and bullying than their peers, according to the first national survey of sexual practice and identity among adolescents.
“The scope and magnitude are heartbreaking,” said Dr.
Jonathan Mermin, who oversees the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released the survey on Thursday.
Among the more alarming findings: Nearly 43 percent of lesbian, gay, and bisexual teens said they had thought seriously thought about committing suicide.
LGBT youth face the same stresses as their peers, in terms of pressure at school and at home.
But they also have an extra burden — “the reality of being a minority in places where it’s still acceptable to openly discriminate against them,” said David Bond, a social worker and vice president of programs at The Trevor Project, a crisis intervention program focused on LGBT youth.
The process of understanding and expressing one’s sexual orientation and gender identity is unique to each individual.
But there are a few days that most people don’t know about – the days that make up last week’s International Flirting Week.
While it’s a pretty recent phenomenon in the US, it’s slowly gaining popularity and talks about it are often coupled with flirting tips and dating advice.
You may think LGBTQ couples cannot be in abusive relationships, but that’s not true.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth experience dating abuse at the same rates and in similar ways as heterosexual couples do.