Thursday, December 15, 2016

First survey of LGBT students

There are almost 1.3 million lesbian girls, gay boys, and bisexual people of high school in the United States, according to the first nationwide survey measuring their numbers and attitudes toward risk. The LGBT students about 8 percent of the total are nearly five times more likely than their straight peers to have attempted suicide and more than four times more likely to have experimented with hard drugs like heroin and meth. We need need give more attention to the lesbians, gays and bisexuals.
Another half a million high school students are not sure about their sexual orientation, according to the study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Several of the study’s authors flagged the survey in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association. They used a nationally representative sample of 15,624 public and private high school students in grades nine through 12 who completed an anonymous and voluntary questionnaire. Nationwide, the CDC found, “88.8 percent of students identified as heterosexual, 2.0 percent identified as lesbian or gay, 6.0 percent identified as bisexual, and 3.2 percent were not sure of their sexual identity.”

Gay boys, lesbian girls and bisexual people are more likely to engage in many of the risky behaviors the CDC measured. Though they are less likely than straight students to carry a firearm in public, they are more likely to carry a weapon to school (6.2 percent) and twice as likely to have tried marijuana before age 13 (13.9 percent). They are also more than twice as likely to skip school out of safety concerns (12.5 percent) and almost twice as likely to have been threatened with a weapon at school (10 percent).

@Bisexual News