showed significantly higher rates of dating violence among LGB youth than among non-LGB youth.While 29 percent of heterosexual youth surveyed reported being physically abused by dating partners, for example, 42.8 percent of LGB youth reported the same.Meeting Other Queer Teens in High School Meeting Other Queer Teens Outside of High School Taking Your Friendship to the Next Level Community Q&A Dating in high school is hard for everyone, but the stakes are even higher when you identify as a queer teen.
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In other words, we talk about the violence facing our community from those outside it, from those who are openly homophobic and transphobic, but what about the violence happening within our community?
As difficult as it may be to admit, LGBTQ people – including LGBTQ youth – can be and are perpetrators of violence as well as its victims, and too often, that violence occurs in the context of romantic and/or sexual relationships.
Unfortunately, most studies of IPV in the LGBTQ community focus exclusively on adults, and most studies of teen dating violence fail to take into account respondents’ sexual orientation or gender identity.