LGBTQ Students Face Abuse


Drawn by Cynthia Castro

Jose Cervantes, Staff Writer

Four to ten percent of the population are gay. Gay teens are 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide and 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression compared with peers from families that reported no or low levels of family rejection.” PFLAG NYC.

In academics, LGBT students at schools with comprehensive policies of bullying and harassment are much more likely to report harassment to school authorities who, in turn, were more likely to respond effectively. LGBT students are twice as likely to say that they were not planning on completing high school or going on to college. “ PFLAG NYC.

In fact, nine out of ten LGBT students reported being bullied last year.

Over one-third of LGBT are physically assaulted at school because their sexual orientation and gender identity are different than those of heterosexual students”.N.p., n.d. Web.

Bullying in schools everywhere has become a problem. Not many people are informed about the laws, mostly everyone knows the fourteenth amendment, but also the first amendment protects LGBT youth from discrimination.N.p., n.d. Web.

Jacob Carranza said “ youth make the remarks toward LGBT students because they don’t understand.”

80% of gay and lesbian youth report severe social isolation. N.p., n.d. Web.