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New GLSEN Research: Experiences of LGBT Youth Online

14/06/2014

Out ONlineGLSEN has recently published a report entitled, ‘Out Online: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth’ on the Internet. The report is based upon the responses from 1,960 youth (13-18 years old). Highlights from the report can be found below.

 

Online Bullying
• LGBT youth were nearly 3 times more likely that non-LGBT youth to report that  they had been bullied or harassed online (42% vs. 15%) and twice as likely to report that they had been bullied via text message (27% vs. 13%).

Civic Engagement
• LGBT youth indicated high rates of engagement online, including having taken part in online community activities that support a cause or issue (77%), had distributed information about a cause or issue (76%),  had written a blog or posted comments on another blog about a cause or issue (68%), and used the Internet to participate in or recruit people for an event or activity (51%).

Sexual Harassment
• 32% of LGBT respondents reported that they had been sexually harassed online in the past year. 25% said they had been sexually harassed via text message.

Online Friendships
• LGBT youth reported knowing substantially more online friends than non-LGBT youth: 50% of LGBT respondents reported having at least one
close online friend, compared to only 19% of non-LGBT youth.
• LGBT youth rated their online friends as more supportive than non-LGBT youth rated their online friends.

• 62% of LGBT youth had used the Internet to connect with other LGBT people in the past year.

‘Coming Out’

• 14% of LGBT youth said that they had first disclosed their LGBT identity to
someone online.
• 29% of LGBT youth were more out online than in person.

• 52% of LGBT respondents who were not out to peers in person had used the Internet to connect with other LGBT people.

A copy of the report can be found here.

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