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Sobering statistics on LGBTQ youth revealed in Detroit today

Numbers show youth have trouble with inclusion, bullying

Results of a groundbreaking study of LGBTQ youth across America, measuring factors such as safety, stress and self-identity, were revealed at the Ruth Ellis Center’s headquarters in Highland Park today. 

The Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT civil rights advocacy organization, conducted its first LGBTQ Youth Report last year to “capture the experiences of LGBTQ youth in their family settings, schools, social circles and communities.” 12,000 youth between age 13-17 were surveyed nationwide.

HRC chose Ruth Ellis Center, which also operates a foster home in the North End neighborhood, because it is one of a handful of organizations nationwide that offer wraparound services — ranging from medical care to shelter — for LGBTQ youth in need.

Among the results of the survey:

  • Only 24 percent of LGBTQ youth can “definitely” be themselves as an LGBTQ person at home
  • Only 25 percent of LGBTQ youth have families who show support for them by getting involved in the larger LGBTQ and ally community
  • 67 percent of LGBTQ youth hear their families make negative comments about LGBTQ people
  • 78 percent of youth not out to their parents as LGBTQ hear their families make negative comments about LGBTQ people
  • 48 percent of LGBTQ youth out to their parents say that their families make them feel bad for being LGBTQ
  • 95 percent of LGBTQ youth report they have trouble getting to sleep at night
  • 11 percent of LGBTQ youth report that they have been sexually attacked or raped because of their actual or assumed LGBTQ identity
  • 20 percent of LGBTQ youth report that they were forced to do sexual things they did not want to do in the past year
  • 26 percent of LGBTQ youth report they always feel safe in the classroom
  • 70 percent have been bullied at school because of their sexual orientation 

To see the full results of the study, click here.