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How to Really Help Gay Teens Thrive

LGBT high-schoolers are still getting bullied, but new research shows how schools can help them cope.
Source: Charlie Riedel / AP

Even though acceptance is growing for LGBT teens, the world isn’t quite changing fast enough: Multiple recent studies show that LGBT teens have less life satisfaction and more depression than their straight peers, in part because so many face harassment.

LGBT teens are more likely to be suspended or expelled from schools, sometimes because they were trying to protect themselves from bullies. Other kids ​might drop out on their own or switch to a different school

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