Despite the legalization of gay marriage, the LGBTQ community still faces unwanted discrimination in and out of school. Throughout primary school and college, students who identify as LGBTQ are more susceptible to bullying, social isolation, and even physical assault.
Bullying is an unfortunate common activity in our schools, playgrounds, youth organizations, and communities.
Alpha Lambda Zeta Fraternity, Inc. endorses education and programs to protect our youth. Gender-nonconforming and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth are especially vulnerable targets of bullying.
For example, gender-nonconforming and LGBT youths hear anti-gay slurs an average of 26 times a day. Seventy-eight percent of gay or perceived gay youth are teased or bullied in their schools and communities, with thirty-one percent of LGBT youth having been threatened or injured at school in the past year. This is significantly higher than for their peers.
Sadly, four out of five LGBT students say they know of no supportive adult at school. It’s important to listen and fully appreciate each individual’s unique story and provide a positive outlook to help our youth reach full potential.
For those you are being affected by bullying, we want to let you know that IT GETS BETTER.