Monique Walker, a Ph.D. candidate in the study of sexual and gender minorities and a therapist at The Attic Youth Center, said one of the ongoing challenges gay youth face is being bullied.
“People are still being bullied and young people are being teased,” Walker said. “It’s not necessarily that you’re identifying as gay — it’s the perception that you are, that’s what gets most people in trouble, when most people start disliking themselves.”
She continued, “Bullying impacts health in a multitude of ways, adds to the level of shame and guilt and the struggle you are already having. Bullying creates unsafe environments and so, for young people still in school, it takes a toll on your ability to focus, academics and desire to want to go to school.”
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