Most lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ)* youth are happy and thrive during their adolescent years.
* Variations of this acronym are used throughout the Web page to reflect relevant populations.
Many studies consider lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth but do not include transgender and questioning youth.
Violence can include behaviors such as bullying, teasing, harassment, physical assault, and suicide-related behaviors.
According to data from Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS) conducted during 2001‒2009 in seven states and six large urban school districts, the percentage of LGB students (across the sites) who were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property in the prior year ranged from 12% to 28%.
In addition, across the sites― LGBTQ youth are also at increased risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, suicide attempts, and suicide.