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Most lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ)* youth are happy and thrive during their adolescent years.
Going to a school that creates a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and having caring and accepting parents are especially important.
According to data from CDC’s YRBS, the percentage of gay, lesbian, and bisexual students (across sites) who did not go to school at least one day during the 30 days before the survey because of safety concerns ranged from 11% to 30% of gay and lesbian students and 12% to 25% of bisexual students.
The stresses experienced by LGBT youth also put them at greater risk for depression, substance use, and sexual behaviors that place them at risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
* Variations of this acronym are used throughout the Web page to reflect relevant populations.
In addition, across the sites― LGBTQ youth are also at increased risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, suicide attempts, and suicide.
A nationally representative study of adolescents in grades 7–12 found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth were more than twice as likely to have attempted suicide as their heterosexual peers.