Study links anti-LGBT bullying with health risks

A study was recently published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, which links adolescent bullying about someone’s gender identity or sexual orientation and overall health risks. The study, titled “Family Acceptance in Adolescence and the Health of LGBT Young Adults”, is the first of its kind to make connections between adolescent bullying experiences with a range of negative health outcomes later in life. Some of the negative health outcomes  include suicide attempts that require medical care, depression,  STIs and STDs and risk of HIV. Pop on over to the Family Acceptance Project to learn more about the study and efforts being done to prevent LGBT bullying.

Special thanks to Feministing.com for posting about the study.  Jos made some additional great points about bullying among youth:

“I also think it’s important to note that, while this survey focused on LGBT young adults, it’s not just folks who come out as queer, trans, or gender non-conforming who experience anti-LGBT bullying and its negative impact. Literally anyone can experience anti-LGBT hate regardless of their actual sexuality or gender identity. Bullying’s about the bullies perception, and really more about their own problems, a way to throw the hate inside of them at someone else. Queer, trans, and gender non-conforming young people are sadly an easy target.”

This brings us back to some of the same questions posed in an earlier post – How can we address this group in the context of larger prevention efforts and programs? How do we adequately address the topic in an already full curriculum and in less than sympathetic environments?

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