42% of America Hates Gay Kids, Says New Survey


A new survey of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender young people has revealed that nearly half of America is hostile to them. And most of the youth say they plan on moving away from where they were raised.

The survey run by the Human Rights Campaign is of more than 10,000 LGBT-identified youth ages 13-17. 42 percent say they live somewhere where they are not accepted and 63 percent plan to move somewhere else.

One exception was California, where 62 percent of gay kids there said that they lived somewhere which accepted them.

Using a control group of 500 straight-identified youth, they found that the LGBT youth were twice as likely to say they had been physically assaulted at school. Gay kids were most likely to cite acceptance as their “biggest problem,” whereas for straight kids it was their grades.

In another sign of the huge changes going on with LGBT people over the past few decades, most gay kids said that they are “out” to their very close friends and three quarters say that most of their peers don’t have a problem with them being gay — but only 63 percent are “out” to their families. Three quarters of them say that they’re at their most genuine in their online lives and must to some extent conceal their natures in real-world interactions. Twice as many gay kids as straight say they’ve used drugs or alcohol.

HRC says that their report is based on “the largest known sample of LGBT youth from every region of the country, from urban, suburban and rural communities, and from a wide variety of social, cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds.” They say:

The deck is stacked against young people growing up lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in America. Official government discrimination or indifference along with social ostracism leaves many teens disaffected and disconnected in their own homes and neighborhoods. With an increase in public awareness about anti-LGBT bullying and harassment and the strikingly high number of LGBT youth who are homeless, in foster care, or living in high-risk situations, it is critical that we get a better understanding of the experiences, needs, and concerns of LGBT youth.

Linda Spears, vice president of policy for the Child Welfare League of America, told the Los Angeles Times that the study bears out “our worst fears about LBGT kids.”

These kids are often so vulnerable in the way their lives are being led because of the lack of support they have. They need what all young people need, parents and others who are there for them and nurture their development.

One good data point from the survey though: 77 percent of gay kids agree that “it will get better.”


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Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

JD C: Like Lisa D. I'm somewhat confused by your posting. First you state you're against gay marriage and the you state you support gay marriage. Was it two persons/personalities that posted these statements, perhaps? Clearify, please, I'm so curious!

Fiona O.
Fiona O.5 years ago

This is one of the worst titles I have ever seen. Not only are you blatantly misconstruing the results of an unreliable survey, but you risk making someone feel more isolated and defeated than they already do. It is wildly inappropriate to state this non-fact in such a public way, if I were gay and I read just the title, I wouldn't want to show myself in public... Which is CRAZY. You are not accomplishing what you hope to Care2, this article may actually counter act your intentions.

Susanna Westerholm

Well, every teenager feels that the world doesn´t understand them. Waiting for better survey:)

Tony C.
Tony C5 years ago

A class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY should be taught from Grade one to graduation. Children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt themselves or anyone else. If children are taught at a very early age that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and that they should use their strengths to help others not to tease or bully them.
It should not matter if a child comes from a FAMILY of a mother and father, 2 mothers or 2 fathers or a single mother or father as long as they are LOVED.
Sex Education should be taught on LGBT, Contraceptives, Masturbation, Pregnancy and all forms of sex. Let us face it whether we like it or not children are curious and are having sex earlier. Children should be taught the JOYS and the CONSEQUENCES of having sex ( Pregnancy, STD, AIDS and others.) I believe this is a solution. Stopping the damage before it starts so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated. It is my belief that when children graduate with these principles where they are taught RESPECT for themselves and others and to take RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. If children grow up with these values, I believe business and government would benefit greatly. Within a few generations this world would be a much better place to live in.

timothy m.
timothy m5 years ago

This headline is so blatantly inflammatory it's not funny. The study - by the obviously biased HRC - demonstrates only that gay kids PERCEIVE hostility, not that anyone hates them.

Teddie S.
Teddie S5 years ago

Young people have to know that it will get better, it already has. I'm a 63 year old woman, and I've seen such a difference from when I was a teen. Movie stars, musicians and others hid in the proverbial closet. You have people that you can look to, that are just like you, that are "normal".

I think more of the gay teens, should come out to their families. They would be surprised at how many of those relatives already know, and love you, for being you. They are just waiting for you to be ready to talk.

I have a great-niece myself, that was really having a hard time trying to tell me something, so I helped her out. I asked if she was trying to tell me she was gay? What a load off of my niece's shoulders, when she knew, that I already knew. That I had not, nor would I ever turn my back on her.

Catt R.
Catt R5 years ago

Ask 10,000 teens, (with no criteria beyond that they are teens) and you will get close to the same percentage saying they do not feel accepted, both by community and family.
Not feeling accepted.... does this mean by EVERYONE in their community or by the majority of the community?------ overall the article does a better job of addressing the topic than the False statement that is the headline..... and how on earth does the author think it is okay to tell LGBT youth that 42% of the people in this country HATE them? there is not one shred of evidence to that... the fact that someone does not 'feel accepted' does NOT equate to them actually being hated, except possibly by the one who twists things to such a conclusion.

Grace Adams
Grace Adams5 years ago

Overcrowding makes everyone cranky and short-tempered and inclined to hate everybody just because they exist and add to the overcrowding. Much the same can be said of bad economic times. It might actually be cheaper for the powers that be to invest the needed money in public health services including birth control, in repairing or replacing crumbling infra-structure, in making the much needed transition from fossil fuel to sustainable energy, rather than face increasing violence from large hoards of hungry, angry, young men, enraged that they can't make a living to support a family.

Lisa D.
Lisa D5 years ago

JD C. although to a certain extent i admire your honesty in the matter.. I will ask you this, re-read your comment and see if you can find anything wrong with what you just said!

Whether or not you are homosexual, we are all equal human beings, we all deserve the same amount of respect and dignity, regardless of age, sex, or preferences

JD C5 years ago

Im against gays, transgenders, gay marriage for both it being unnatural & I just dont understand it, but this DOES NOT give me the right to bully them or deny them rights, which is why I support gay marriage and equal right for gays, as there humans just like the rest of us, its the same for blacks & woman in the sense that just cuz there not white men does not mean there not human eventho in the sense that its unnatural or I dont understand doesnt apply here its still the same concept