WHY DO WE NEED A GSA?
THE NUMBERS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES:
- 33% of LGBT youth have attempted suicide compared with 7% of youth overall (Saewyc 2007).
- Over half of gay, lesbian and bisexual students have thought about suicide (Eisenberg & Resnick, 2006).
- Adolescent youth who have been rejected by their families for being lesbian, gay or bisexual are over 8 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers (Ryan, Huebner, Diaz, & Sanchez, 2009).
- A 2005 study in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario revealed that 28% of transgender and Two Spirit people had attempted suicide one or more times (Taylor, 2006).
- Both victims and perpetrators of bullying are at a higher risk for suicide than their peers. Children who are both victims and perpetrators of bullying are at the highest risk (Kim & Leventhal, 2008; “Suicide and bullying: Issue brief,” 2011).
- According to research by Kim & Leventhal, 2008:
- 68% of trans students, 55% of LB students and 42% of GB students reported verbal harassment about their perceived gender identity or sexual orientation.
- 20% of LGBTQ students reported physical harassment or assault related to their perceived gender identity or sexual orientation.
- 49% of trans students, 33% of lesbian students and 40% of gay male students have experienced sexual harassment in school in the previous year (Taylor et al. 2011).