Not Cool: 9 Out of 10 LGBT Students Bullied At School
Have you seen a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender student bullied at your school? According to a new survey just released, odds are you probably have.
More than seven thousand middle and high schools students participated in the research, which had frightening results. Nearly 9 out of every 10 LGBT students were harassed at school last year, and almost two-thirds of them felt unsafe because of their sexual orientation.
Just over 40 percent of LGBT students reported being physically harassed, and 72.4 percent say they frequently heard homophobic remarks like "faggot" and "dyke" while at school.
This is completely unacceptable. There is absolutely no excuse for bullying another person because of their lifestyle choices.
Coming out to family, friends, and peers takes a massive amount of guts. Just ask Jane Lynch. She plays the super confident Sue Sylvester, but didn't always feel so secure and sure of herself in real life.
"I was more closeted in my life when I was younger," she confesses. "I used to lay in bed and go, 'How will I come out, or will I come out?'"
Let's start a serious conversation: Have you seen a person bullied at school because of his or her sexual orientation? Does your school have a LGBT club? What do you think about this survey's findings?