Detailed anti-bullying laws can help protect LGBT+ teens, research says

by Benjamin Long
January 17, 2019


NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – U.S. states with anti-bullying laws that explicitly protect LGBT+ teens have fewer suicide attempts among youth than states with more general laws, according to new research that could help protect vulnerable children.

All 50 U.S. states have anti-bullying laws, but fewer than half name sexual orientation as a category to be protected, said the research by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Williams Institute at the University of California School of Law, a public policy research group.

Often the victims of bullying, LGBT+ youth are three times more likely to attempt suicide than are heterosexual students, according to Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), a Minnesota-based suicide prevention group.

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