The Human Rights Campaign has released a survey of 10,000 LGBT-identified youth ages 13-17, asking about their experiences at school, at home and in life.
“Growing Up LGBT in America” has some extremely disconcerting findings about how content LGBT youth are with their lives. It found that 67 percent of straight youth consider themselves happy, but only 37 percent of LGBT young people do.
LGBTQ Nation identified some of the other big findings:
- Over one-half of LGBT youth (54 percent) say they have been verbally harassed and called names involving anti-gay slurs;
- Nearly half of LGBT youth (47 percent) say they do not “fit in” in their community while only 16 percent of non-LGBT youth feel that way;
- 83 percent of LGBT youth believe they will be happy eventually, but only 49 percent believe they can be happy if they stay in the same city or town;
- 6 in 10 LGBT youth say their family is accepting of LGBT people, while a third say their family is not;
- 92 percent say they hear negative messages about being LGBT – 60 percent say those messages come from elected leaders.
You can see the full report here. What do you make of this? This survey makes some pretty big claims - do you believe it?