By JAN HOFFMAN (NYTIMES)
The first nationwide study to ask high school students about their sexuality found that gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers were at far greater risk for depression, bullying and many types of violence than their straight peers.
"I found the numbers heartbreaking," said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, a senior official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which includes a division that administered the survey.
The survey documents what smaller studies have suggested for years, but it is significant because it is the first time the federal government's biennial Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the gold standard of adolescent health data collection, looked at sexual identity.
The survey found that about 8 percent of the high school population described themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, which would be about 1.3 million
These adolescents were three times more likely than straight students to have been raped.
They skipped school far more often because they did not feel safe; at least a third had been bullied on school property. And they were twice as likely as heterosexual students to have been threatened or injured with a weapon on school property.
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