- October 15, 2015
Today, HRC is proud to take a stand against bullying and celebrate Spirit Day.
As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, Spirit Day is an opportunity for people across the country, whether LGBT or an ally, to go purple in support of LGBTQ youth.
According to HRC’s survey of 10,000 youth, Growing Up LGBT in America, LGBTQ youth are twice as likely to report they are harassed, assaulted, kicked or shoved at school. Ninety-two percent say they hear negative messages about being LGBTQ at school, on the Internet and from peers.
Among middle school LGBT students surveyed, 58 percent reported being excluded for being different, 67 percent reported being harassed and 28 percent reported being physically assaulted at school.
To learn more about bullying prevention and challenges facing LGBTQ youth, click here.