For youth to thrive in their schools and communities, they need to feel socially, emotionally, and physically safe and supported.A positive school climate has been associated with decreased depression, suicidal feelings, substance use, and unexcused school absences among LGBQ students.
As a result, LGB youth are at greater risk for homelessness than their heterosexual peers.
To be supportive, parents should talk openly with their teen about any problems or concerns and be watchful of behaviors that might indicate their child is a victim of bullying or violence―or that their child may be victimizing others.
In some cases, parents no longer allow their teens to remain in the home.
In other situations, stress and conflict at home can cause some youth to run away.
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Violence can include behaviors such as bullying, teasing, harassment, physical assault, and suicide-related behaviors.
According to data from Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS) conducted during 2001‒2009 in seven states and six large urban school districts, the percentage of LGB students (across the sites) who were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property in the prior year ranged from 12% to 28%.
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.
The stresses experienced by LGBT youth also put them at greater risk for depression, substance use, and sexual behaviors that place them at risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Supportive reactions can help youth cope with the challenges of being an LGBTQ teen.