This is exactly why causes such as the "It Gets Better" project are SO important!
According to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gay, lesbian, and bisexual students are more likely to engage in "unhealthy risk behaviors" than heterosexual students. Sad.
These behaviors include "tobacco and alcohol use, sexual risk behaviors, suicidal behaviors, and violence."
Here's what CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) director Howell Wechsler had to say about the study:
“This report should be a wake-up call for families, schools and communities that we need to do a much better job of supporting these young people. Any effort to promote adolescent health and safety must take into account the additional stressors these youth experience because of their sexual orientation, such as stigma, discrimination, and victimization. We are very concerned that these students face such dramatic disparities for so many different health risks.”
We wholeheartedly agree with all of that! Thank you for getting the word out there, Howell!
What do U think of this study? Do U agree with it?