US survey reveals aggro for gay students

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The US’ first nationwide study to ask high school students about their sexuality found that LGB teenagers were at far greater risk for depression, bullying and many types of violence than straight students.

8 percent of the high school population described themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, which would be about 1.3 million students. They were three times more likely to have been raped. They skipped school more often because they did not feel safe. A third had been bullied on school property. They were twice as likely to have been threatened or injured with a weapon on school property.

40 percent reported that they had seriously considered suicide, 29 percent had attempted suicide in the previous 12 months. More gay students than straight students used drugs. 6 percent of LGB students had used drugs, only 1.3% of straight students had used drugs.

The survey did not identify trans students.

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