'Growing up LGBT+': Just Like Us releases new independent research report into bullying and schools

LGBT+ school pupils are twice as likely to have been bullied and 91% have heard negative language about being LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) in the past year, a new independent research report by charity Just Like Us has found.

The independent research of 2,934 pupils aged 11-18 (1,140 of whom were LGBT+) and 513 educators across the UK was conducted independently by Cibyl on behalf of Just Like Us and found that pupils in schools with strong positive messaging around being LGBT+ were also less likely to experience suicidal thoughts and feelings.

42% of LGBT+ school pupils have been bullied in the past year, double the number of non-LGBT+ pupils (21%). 1 in 5 (18%) LGBT+ pupils didn’t tell anyone they’d been bullied and just 21% told a teacher at school.

Only 33% of LGBT+ pupils say there is a clear process for reporting anti-LGBT+ bullying in their school.


LGBT+ pupils who have come out are significantly more likely to be bullied. For example, 14% of LGBT+ pupils who aren’t out to anyone said they’ve experienced biphobic bullying, but this doubles to 28% among LGBT+ pupils who have come out.