Sunday 23 July 2017

I'm gay myself -- but even I was shocked by this new Irish survey

It's rotten being a teenager -- and a report released this week found that those turbulent years can be even tougher in this country if you happen to be gay.

Indeed, a shocking level of general harassment and discrimination emerged from the detailed survey of 1,110 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people aged between 14 and 73, with some 40pc of all respondents saying they had been threatened with physical violence and 25pc reporting being punched, kicked or beaten at some point.

But the study into mental health and wellbeing identified gay people aged between 14 and 21 as being particularly vulnerable, especially if the young person is isolated or too afraid to come out to anyone. Within that age group, 27pc admitted to self-harming while an alarming 17.7pc had actually attempted suicide.

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