December 5 2018
Did you know that gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts? LBGTQ teens are also twice as likely to be bullied compared to their non-LGBTQ peers. With bullying and various mental health issues to deal with, how is their education affected? According to Mental Health America (MHA):
- Gay teens in U.S. schools are often subjected to such intense bullying that they’re unable to receive an adequate education. LGBT youth identified bullying problems as the second most important problem in their lives, after non-accepting families, compared to non-LGBT youth identifying classes/exams/grades.
- LGBT youth who reported they were frequently harassed in school had lower grade point averages than students who were less often harassed.
- One survey revealed that more than one-third of gay respondents had missed an entire day of school in the past month because they felt unsafe there.
LGBT youth feel they have nowhere to turn. Sixty percent of LGBT students did not report incidents to school staff. One-third who reported an incident said the staff did nothing in response.
If you want to learn more about how to support these students in our schools (and earn Teacher Choice Hours!), join me after school today where representatives from the Pride Center San Antonio will talk about what you need to know to better understand these student’s needs and how to communicate with their parents. See the flyer below for more information. Snacks and refreshments will be provided after the presentation.