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For youth to thrive in their schools and communities, they need to feel socially, emotionally, and physically safe and supported.

Many studies consider lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth but do not include transgender and questioning youth.

Another survey of more than 7,000 seventh- and eighth-grade students from a large Midwestern county examined the effects of school [social] climate and homophobic bullying on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning (LGBQ) youth and found that Exposure to violence can have negative effects on the education and health of any young person.

However, for LGBT youth, a national study of middle and high school students shows that LGBT students (61.1%) were more likely than their non-LGBT peers to feel unsafe or uncomfortable as a result of their sexual orientation.

Parents who talk with and listen to their teen in a way that invites an open discussion about sexual orientation can help their teen feel loved and supported.