If you experience bullying or violence because you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) youth, or others think you are, there are resources available to help you.
You have a right to:
- Live your life free from fear
- Be safe and protected
- A supportive home, community and/or school environment
- Thrive physically, psychologically, socially and academically
If you experience bullying or violence because you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), or others think you are LGBT, remember that you:
- Matter and have a place in the world
- Are not alone – help and support is only a phone call away
LGBT bullying has the same warning signs and effects as other forms of bullying.
Risk Factors of LGBT Bullying
Young LGBT people may be more at-risk for bullying. Compared to their heterosexual peers, some LGBT kids, teens and young adults are at increased risk for bullying, teasing, harassment, physical assault, and suicide-related behaviors.
Over a ten-year period more than 7,000 LGBT middle and high school students (aged 13-21), were surveyed. The results were published in The 2009 National School Climate Survey. The survey found that in the preceding year, because of their sexual orientation:
- Eight in ten LGBT students had been verbally harassed at school
- Four in ten had been physically harassed at school
- Six in ten felt unsafe at school
- One in five had been the victim of a physical assault at school
It is very unfortunate these types of experiences with violence also occur outside of school and may continue into young adulthood.
Young LGBT people may be more at-risk for sexual discrimination and bias. Young LGBT individuals may be bullied as a part of sexual/gender discrimination and bias by their schoolmates, ethnic or religious groups or by other societal concerns related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Remember you are not alone. At BULLY BUZZ your voice will be heard – help and support is only one phone call and one support ticket away.