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Bullying Risk Factors

Gay Teens Also Seen as "Different" in Others Ways Face Serious Challenges

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Bullies often target anyone who seems "different." In the United States, studies have found that two of the most common targets for bullies are gay youth and overweight youth. So what happens if you are an overweight gay teen? In many cases, bullying that is particularly vicious.

As one gay teen wrote to the forum:,

"When I was younger, [I was] always being mocked and bullied because of who I was, what I looked like, how I sounded, how I felt."

A lot of gay teens who are being bullied find that talking to a counselor can help. It is often a good idea to get a GLBT-friendly therapist. If this isn't an option, you might want to consider calling a hotline. The GLBT Youth Talkline is a good place to start. If you are ever feeling suicidal, the Trevor Project is an excellent resource for gay teens.

And if you are concerned about your weight? Please talk to your doctor. Trying to lose weight without the help of a medical professional can be really risky and is much less likely to deliver the results you want.

If you are the victim of bulling, please tell someone as soon as possible! Ideally, your parents or teachers will be able to help. Keep in mind that schools are legally required to keep students safe. Read more about dealing with bullying...

Life as a GLBT teen can present a lot of challenges. but when they seem to pile up on each other, that's when things can get especially tricky!

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