Bullying of gay, lesbian and bisexual youth

Reports about bullying and victimization of sexual minority youth (that is, youth who are lesbian, gay or bisexual) have been circulating, especially in the media, but there has been little systematic research documenting the experiences of sexual minority youth over time. In a recent New England Journal of Medicine paper,  Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, and colleagues report that tenth graders identified as sexual minorities in a longitudinal study were more likely than their peers to be bullied or victimized as early as fifth grade, and that this pattern continued into high school.

Schuster summarizes the team’s findings in this video:

Read more on Thriving about this study’s findings, their implications and what pediatricians can do to help.