According to data from CDC’s YRBS, the percentage of gay, lesbian, and bisexual students (across sites) who did not go to school at least one day during the 30 days before the survey because of safety concerns ranged from 11% to 30% of gay and lesbian students and 12% to 25% of bisexual students.
More research is needed to better understand the associations between parenting and the health of LGB youth.
Following are selected research-based steps parents can take to support the health and well-being of their LGB teen: Talk and listen.
Another survey of more than 7,000 seventh- and eighth-grade students from a large Midwestern county examined the effects of school [social] climate and homophobic bullying on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning (LGBQ) youth and found that Exposure to violence can have negative effects on the education and health of any young person.
However, for LGBT youth, a national study of middle and high school students shows that LGBT students (61.1%) were more likely than their non-LGBT peers to feel unsafe or uncomfortable as a result of their sexual orientation.
Most lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ)* youth are happy and thrive during their adolescent years.
Going to a school that creates a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and having caring and accepting parents are especially important.
This helps all youth achieve good grades and maintain good mental and physical health.
However, some LGBTQ youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience difficulties in their lives and school environments, such as violence.
If bullying, violence, or depression is suspected, parents should take immediate action, working with school personnel and other adults in the community.