Homosexual Teens

Facts about Lesbian/Gay Teens:

 As many as 13% of youth in detention facilities as lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, questioning or gender non-conforming
 Large numbers of adolescents and college-age young people engage at some
point in sexual experiences with members of the same sex that could be
classified as “experimenting” (McMillen; Kinsley)
 Homosexual thoughts and fantasies are common in both adolescents and
adults
 There is no “common” age when people become aware of same-sex
attraction. Some do not “come-out” until late in life; others are clear at an
early age
 There is usually a span of years between the awareness of same sex
attraction and the self-labeling as gay
 LGBTQ youth report double the rates of sexual abuse before age 12.
Adolescents in group care are more likely to be dealing with sexual identity
issues because of sexual abuse histories (McMillen, 1992)
 The literature suggests that gay and lesbian youth are more likely to be
victims of both physical and sexual abuse
 Gay and lesbian youth often run away from home due to family conflict over
their sexual orientation
 Male sex abuse victims are more likely to suffer silently and not disclose
sexual victimization and thus not receive appropriate treatment
 Rejection by family over sexual issues complicates the goals of treatment as
well as the treatment process
 Nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT youth experience harassment at school
 More than one in 10 LGBT youth have received “hate” mail
 75% of lesbian and bisexual women reported being sexually harassed
 73% of transgender students reported being sexually harassed
 42% of LGBT students reported being physically harassed (shoved, pushed,
etc)

21% of LGBT students reported being physically assaulted (punched,
kicked, injured with a weapon)
 According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, gay youth
are two-to-three times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual youth
 1 out of every 5 homeless youth is LGBT identified