We sometimes write about the bullying problems facing students here in Minnesota and around the nation. School administrators and society as a whole are finally acknowledging that the consequences of bullying can be long-lasting or permanent and incredibly destructive.
Although victims can be bullied for any reason, it seems that LGBT individuals are particularly at risk. Additionally, being called gay or lesbian is commonly used as an insult, regardless of whether the victim is actually homosexual. For these reasons and more, schools should be increasing anti-bullying efforts while also sending the message that every person deserves respect, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.