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    learn the facts

    Growing up is hard enough without being targeted, harassed, called names, or physically harmed. But LGBTQ youth are experiencing bullying at every turn. Let the facts speak for themselves.

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    A 96% supermajority of non-LGBTQ Americans agree that schools should be a safe and accepting place for all youth.*


    82% LGBTQ young people said that the topic of support and acceptance would be helpful for the people in their lives to know more about.**


    68% of LGBTQ+ students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression.***

    a 2023 national survey by The Trevor Project also shows


    60% of LGBTQ young people reported that they have felt discriminated against in the past year due to their sexual orientation or gender identity


    53% of LGBTQ young people said they were verbally harassed at school because people simply thought they were LGBTQ.


    41% of LGBTQ young people seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year—and young people who are transgender, nonbinary, and/or people of color reported higher rates than their peers.


    1 in 3 LGBTQ young people said they weren’t allowed to dress in the way that fit their gender identity or expression.


    Nearly 2 in 3 LGBTQ young people said that hearing about potential state or local laws banning people from discussing LGBTQ people at school made their mental health a lot worse.


    56% of LGBTQ young people who wanted mental health care in the past year were not able to get it.

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    On Thursday October 19, millions will go purple to support LGBTQ youth. Will you be one of them? Take the Spirit Day Pledge now to take a stand against bullying and join GLAAD in accelerating acceptance.

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