Here’s the answers. (Sorry for the squish—I’m trying not to get bounced for too big a message.)
Can the last 7 facts be surprising when one’s sexual orientation is used as one of the most widespread put-downs today? This is why it’s important to intervene why one hears “That’s so gay.” Words do matter.
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Youth Facts
1. B. Current research has led scientist to believe sexual orientation is something people are born
with, like eye color.
2. C. 6-8% percentage of the high school population is G/L/B/T.
3. A. Gay male adolescents report feeling “different” from their peers around 5-7 years of age.
4. A. One in four 12 year-olds is unsure of their sexual orientation.
5. C. 97% of students in public high school report hearing anti-homosexual remarks from their
6. C. 53% of students in public high school report hearing anti-homosexual remarks from staff.
7. C. 80% of gay and lesbian youth report severe social isolation.
8. C. 80% of perspective teachers report having negative attitudes toward gay and lesbian people.
9. C. 85% of perspective teachers oppose integrating gay/lesbian themes into their curricula.
Nationally, 51% of parents want “positive information” about G/L included in M&HS
curriculum; only 5% “strongly oppose” this.
10. C. 22% of homosexuals report suffering physical violence at the hands of family members because of their sexual orientation.
11. C. 42% of homeless youth self-identify as gay or lesbian. This is almost half of the homeless youth population.
12. C. G/L/B/T students are 5 times more likely to miss school due to feeling unsafe than the
general high school population.
13. C. The rate at which sexually active high school students were involved with creating a
pregnancy is 15%; for G/L/B students the rate is 37%. This is often done in an attempt to
“prove” heterosexuality, deflect harassment/abuse, gain some measure of approval/affection.
14. C. The drug abuse rate for G/L/B/T students is more than 200 % higher that of the general high
school population; 900x’s higher for intravenous drug use. As with all substance abuse,
this is usually an attempt to anesthetize themselves from the pain of their daily existence.
15. C. The rate among the general high school population is 9%; for G/L/B/T students the attempted
suicide rate is 46%. Altho less than 10% of the youth population, they comprise 30% of
completed youth suicides. This is one suicide every 5hr 45 minutes.
Oh yeah: 6% of heterosexual female students report being the victim of attempted rape or rape by peers; 23% of L/B female students report experiencing such attacks.
“Respond to anti-gay rhetoric by re-framing the objection in terms of universally-held beliefs: “Do you believe all students should be safe at school?”; “Do you believe that every educator must work to safeguard the rights of those students who are, or may be perceived as, different from the majority?”; “Do you believe that all students are deserving of dignity and respect at school?” The issue in education isn’t whether being gay [etc.] is right or wrong. The real issue is about safety and inclusion for all students.”
Most of this information is from: Hatred In The Hallways: Violence and Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Students In U.S. Schools http://www.hrw.org/reports/2001/uslgbt/toc.htm
I hope this helps somebody somewhere...Trish