Bullying Based on Perceptions about Sexual Orientation As many as 93 percent of teenagers hear derogatory words about sexual orientation at least once in a while, with more than half of teens surveyed hearing such words every day at school and in the community. One percent reported that the hate-related words concerned their sexual orientation. Support training and education for staff about these issues.
So, what can caring adults do? Twenty-two percent of GLBTQ students had skipped school in the last month for safety concerns and are three times more likely to drop out of school. Work with student government and other school clubs to hold programs on respect, school safety, and anti-bullying. This report can be accessed at www. This article can be accessed at www.
Almost any response is better than ignoring the situation. These are hurtful words and can impact anyone who overhears them. One percent reported that the hate-related words concerned their sexual orientation. Nip it in the bud. Three out of four students who are bullied with such remarks are not identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning GLBTQ.