CDC report on American LGB high schoolers a first
A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report published this week was the first nationally representative study to ask American high school students about their sexuality.
The data showed lesbian, gay and bisexual teens face higher levels of physical and sexual violence and bullying than other students and have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and other serious health outcomes.
There are approximately 1.3 million LGB high school students in the country, according to the CDC.
LGB students were three times more likely than their heterosexual peers to be forced into sexual intercourse and more than two times as likely to have experienced physical or sexual dating violence.
Of LGB students, 12.5% had skipped school because they felt unsafe, compared to 4.6% of heterosexual students. They were about two times as likely to have been bullied at school or electronically.
The likelihood of drug use by LGB students was up to five times that of their heterosexual peers.
The data came from the 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), a biennial survey of teen health conducted by the CDC.
This was the first year that it included two questions on sexual orientation and sex of sexual contacts, making the analysis of data specific to LGB teens possible.