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One gay man remembers his high school years as filled with intense loneliness fear andself-hatred Another recalls spending every lunch period in a bathroom stall A lesbian recollects herbottling up all her emotions and silencing all spontaneous gestures terrified of saying or doing anything to betray her own secret Unusual memories Not at all Most gay people and many of todays gay teens in high school can describe similar tales In mostteenagers lives they experience a wonderful four years of high school but gay teenagers experiencesomething much different These students go through school trying to fit in and just be accepted by thesociety around them In many cases there is good that comes from being gay and being out to declareones sexuality in school but the bad things will always overpower the good A study done in 1995 by theUS Department of Health and Human Services showed that gay and lesbian youths are 35 more likely togo through with suicide Every year that rate gets higher and higher Now is the time to look pastindifference and see a person for who that person is a human beingIn many high schools across the nation there are at least a handful of kids in each high school thatare gay lesbian andor bisexual but are hiding themselves In other words they are playing straightacting heterosexual In an average high school about 3 of students are actually gay with about 1of those students who are out to everyone Hopkins Garywwweducation-worldcomaadminadmin087 On average a high school student gay or straight willhear anti-gay remarks about 25-40 times in one school day Hopkins Garywwweducation-worldcomaadminadmin087 Out of all the verbal abuse heard 80 of it is failed tobe reported due to the fact that students are not confident with their sexuality yetA survey done in 1996 on over 8400 high school students by The Safe School Anti-ViolenceProject reported some interesting statistics Out of the 8400 students 95 characterize themselves asheterosexual 5 as homosexual
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