A new report from the CDC indicates that gays and lesbians are facing one huge obstacle.
A study that is being billed as the first of its kind on “sexual minority” youth, or gays, lebians and the LGBTQ community, finds that they experience way more physical and sexual violence than heterosexuals. Researchers examined national data to understand what the 1.3 million sexual minority youth face and found out the alarming truth about how much more difficult things are for them — something that is probably not news for the LGBTQ community.
It’s the first time such a study has been conducted, providing national estimates on the percentage of high school students who are sexual minorities. The study found that about 2 percent identified as gay or lesbian, 6 percent identified as bisexual and another 3.2 percent said they weren’t sure.
The study is aimed at helping public health officials and the community better udnerstand what challenges such students face and how they can be safeguarded.
Lesbian, gay and bisexual high school students have faced increasing physical and sexual violence, and they were three times more likely than heterosexuals to report being forced into sexual intercourse by a ratio of 17.8 percent to 5.4 percent. They were also more than twice as likely — 22.7 percent to 9.1 percent — to face sexual dating violence, as well as physical dating violence by a ratio of 17.5 to 8.3 percent.