Human Rights Campaign Releases Groundbreaking Report on LGBT Youth

Posted on: June 7th, 2012

The Human Rights Campaign just released a groundbreaking report based on a survey results of more than 10,000 LGBT-identified youth ages 13-17.

The deck is stacked again young people growing up lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in America. Official government discrimination or indifference along with social ostracism leaves many teens disaffected and disconnected in their own homes and neighborhoods. With an increase in public awareness about anti-LGBT bullying and harassment and the strikingly high number of LGBT youth who are homeless, in foster care, or living in high-risk situations, it is critical that we get a better understanding of the experiences, needs, and concerns of LGBT youth.

HRC’s report, Growing Up LGBT in America, is a groundbreaking survey of more than 10,000 LGBT-identified youth ages 13-17. It provides a stark picture of the difficulties they face — the impact on their well-being is profound, however these youth are quite resilient. They find safe havens among their peers, online and in their schools. They remain optimistic and believe things will get better. Nevertheless, the findings are a call to action for all adults who want ensure that young people can thrive.

Here are a few statistics from the report:

Home & Family

    • More than half (56%) of LGBT youth say they are out to their immediate family; a quarter (25%) are out to their extended family.
    • Less than a third of LGBT youth (32%) chose their family among a list of places where they most often hear positive messages about being LGBT; nearly half (46%) chose their family among a list of places where they most often hear negative messages about being LGBT.

School & Peers

    • LGBT youth are more than two times as likely as non-LGBT youth to say they have been verbally harassed and called names at school. Among LGBT youth, half (51%) have been verbally harassed at school, compared to 25% among non-LGBT students.
    • Three-quarters of LGBT youth (75%) say that most of their peers do not have a problem with their identity as LGBT.

Community

    • 4 in 10 LGBT youth (42%) say the community in which they live is not accepting of LGBT people.
    • Nearly half of LGBT youth (47%) say they do not “fit in” in their community while only 16% of non-LGBT youth feel that way.

To download the full report or to learn more, visit: http://www.hrc.org/youth#.T9C7MuJYup0