Viktor Kerney

43% Of Black Gay Teens Have Contemplated Or Attempted Suicide

Filed By Viktor Kerney | May 29, 2012 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: black gay youth, gay teens, suicide

A survey conducted by the National Strategy for Black Gay Youth in America has some staggering results about Black gay teens.

According to the results, 43% of Black gay teens have contemplated or attempted suicide due to issues related to their sexuality. But that's not all, the survey had more stunning findings.

The Black Youth Project reports

  • 22 percent experienced mental abuse related to their sexual orientation
  • 26 percent experienced anti-gay bullying
  • 11 percent are HIV positive; 7 percent do not know their status
  • 8 percent have been homeless due to their sexual orientation
  • 9 percent have been sexually abused as a result of their sexual orientation
  • 10 percent have been physically abused as a result of their sexual orientation

Other findings revealed that over half of those who were surveyed are either disowned or still in fear of being disowned. And 90% need their families to be accepting in order to make gay life more bearable.

These results are just a glimpse into the lives of Black gay teens; just a glimpse. This report is the first of three to be released later this year. So there will be more interesting information released about the young Black LGBT community.


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