Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth : victimisation and its correlates in the USA and UK
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Rivers, I. & Ryan, C. (2003) Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth : victimisation and its correlates in the USA and UK, Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 5, , pp. 103-119,
Research on lesbian, gay and bisexual young people in the USA and UK has provided an important tool for advocacy and for developing appropriate public policy. Studies suggest that lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are more frequently victims of discrimination as a result of actual or perceived sexual orientation than adults, and anecdotal information suggests that transgender young people may be particularly vulnerable. During the past decade, high rates of victimization, particularly in school and community settings, has paralleled increased visibility. Increased media attention has focused on gay youth in schools, highlighting the need for support, appropriate policies and intervention. This paper reviews research and policy needs related to sexual minority youth in the USA and the UK and identifies strategies and approaches for reducing victimization and harassment and providing safer communities and school environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people.