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LGBTQIA+ young people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, asexual, or other sexuality and gender diverse identities) are over represented in bullying statistics.

Auckland University’s Youth 2007 survey found 15% of same/both-sex attracted students reported being bullied at school weekly or more in the past year, compared with 5.5% opposite-sex attracted students.

Ministry of Youth Development's online survey of LGBTIQ young people in schools highlighted that it was important for schools to lead by example by:

  • acknowledging and normalising LGBTIQ young people
  • having strong anti-bullying policies for all LGBTIQ students
  • educating students and teachers on sexuality and gender diversity
  • establishing support networks and guidance channels for LGBTIQ students
  • offering facilities and clothing options that are not gender specific (eg, school uniforms and unisex bathrooms).

Rainbow Youth Inside Out

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LGBTQIA+ Further Information