A research conducted by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) in the United States concluded that 99 percent of LGBT+ students have experienced some kind of homophobia or transphobia because of their sexuality or gender identity. The research was carried out with approximately 16,7 thousand students, between 13 and 21 years old, spread across 50 states. The information came from the news portal Pink News.
Comments such as “that’s so gay” in a pejorative tone are still very common, and 92 percent of the students said that they feel distressed about it. Approximately 97 percent of the students stated that they had already heard the phrase “no homo” at school, while 95 percent had heard homophobic terms, such as “dyke” or “faggot”.
69 percent had experienced verbal harassment because of their sexual orientation, while 57 percent had been threatened or called names because of their gender expression. Among those who had been physically assaulted, approximately 11 percent stated that they have been punched, kicked or injured with a weapon.
GLSEN executive director, Eliza Byard, spoke on the subject in an interview to Reuters. She said that the research shows that, despite many social advancements, there is still a lot of work to be done.
“Where we are now is so different from where we were 20, 25 years ago in terms of how better things are. On the other hand, where we are is clearly still unacceptable”.
The harassment against LGBTQIA+ people still isn’t an isolated event at schools: another research studied 14 countries and 24 industries and showed that at least a quarter of the members of the LGBT+ community said that they had experienced some kind of bullying in their workplace, resulting in consistent “high levels of stress, anxiety and mental health problems”.
In Brazil, the non-governmental organization Grupo Gay da Bahia conducted a research that showed that, every 28 hours, a homosexual is killed because of homophobia and 70 percent of the murders go unpunished.