A new report has come out with a rather worrying conclusion: that young LGBT people are twice as likely to be bullied compared to their straight peers.
The report also showed that LGB adults aged 20 are more likely to be victims of bullying than their straight friends, and have a 52% chance of being bullied in comparison to 38% for heterosexual people.
Young LGBT adults are also less likely than their straight peers to say that they are “very satisfied” with how their lives have turned out so far. But, there is one thing to also keep in mind: young adults, regardless of their sexuality, are also less likely to be satisfied with their lives if they have been bullied.
These results come from a study by the name of Next Steps. The study examined the experiences of over 7,200 young people from England who were born in either 1989 or 1990. They were asked about their sexual identities and whether or not they had been bullied in the last 12 months. Dr Morag Henderson, of UCL’s Institute of Education, then compared this to their experiences of bullying in secondary school.
When discussing the findings, Dr. Henderson had this to say: “Anti-bullying interventions cannot be focused only at schools and their pupils. Policymakers, employers, further education institutions and others working with young adults need to do just as much in order to challenge discrimination at all ages.”
Anna Henry, chair of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, also commented on the findings: “We also need to consider how wider prejudices within society have a long lasting impact on bullying behaviour – even into adulthood. We all need to take responsibility for bullying behaviour – whether it is happening in schools, our communities or online. It is vital that all children and young people are empowered to speak out about bullying.”