LGBTQ students: a demographic overview
In the 2015 MYRBS, 11.1% of students surveyed described themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or not sure (questioning) about their sexual orientation and 2.9% identified themselves as transgender or questioning their gender identity. These categories overlapped, with half 950%) of transgender/questioning youth also self-identifying as LGBQ. Altogether, 12.5% of Massachusetts high school students were LGBTQ.
More female- then male-identified adolescents were LGBTQ (15.4% vs. 9.4%). The percent of youth who said they were LGBTQ varied across racial/ethnic groups (12% of white youth, 10% of African American, 18% of Hispanic, 10% of Asian-American, and 13% of multi-ethnic youth). Gender and racial/ethnic differences were statistically significant.
Percent of students who reported risk behaviors and experiences, 2015
|LGBTQ Students||Heterosexual - Cisgender Students|
|Bullied at school during past year||28.2||
|Skipped school in past month because felt unsafe||14.4||3.4|
|Been in a physical fight at school in the past year||9.4||5.1|
|Carried a weapon at school in the past year||6.1||2.8|
|Threatened or injured with weapon at school||10.0||3.2|
|Hurt self on purpose in the past year (e.g., by cutting, burning self)||43.3||14.3|
|Seriously considered suicide in past year||40.5||11.2|
|Made a suicide attempt in the past year||22.0||4.8|
|Can talk to parents about "things that are important to you"||65.2||84.5|
|Smoked cigarettes in past month||14.1||6.9|
|Any lifetime heroin use||6.7||1.0|
|Had experienced sexual contact against their will||21.8||7.4|
All differences between LGBTQ and Heterosexual/Cisgender students are statistically significant, p. < .05.