British Study Shows 1 in 5 Gay and Bi Youth Get Bullied by a Teacher

web-teenagers-rexA UK report called “Boys Who Like Boys” talked about how at least 20 percent of the gay and bisexual young men face bullying in school by a teacher or another adult.

About 55 per cent said they had experienced bullying and discrimination due to their sexual orientation. Of these, 99 per cent said they had been targeted by another pupil, while 75 per cent said they had been the victim of online bullying. More than a third (39 per cent) said a teacher or another adult at school had been responsible, a statistic which researchers described as “even more concerning” than the others, said Deborah Gold, the chief executive of the National Aids Trust.

Three-quarters of those surveyed said they had not received any information, advice or support about same-sex relationships and attraction in sex and relationship lessons at school, while a third had not been educated about HIV transmission and safer sex. More than two-thirds had not been given information on testing for the HIV virus.

The study also showed that young gay men often use pornography as a source of sex and relationship information.

The study surveyed more than 1,000 gay or bisexual males between 14 and 19 years old.

Mike Szymanski
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]