Bullying Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2016 Dec;63(6):999-1010. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2016.07.004.


Bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth is prevalent in the United States, and represents LGBT stigma when tied to sexual orientation and/or gender identity or expression. LGBT youth commonly report verbal, relational, and physical bullying, and damage to property. Bullying undermines the well-being of LGBT youth, with implications for risky health behaviors, poor mental health, and poor physical health that may last into adulthood. Pediatricians can play a vital role in preventing and identifying bullying, providing counseling to youth and their parents, and advocating for programs and policies to address LGBT bullying.

Keywords: Bullying; Gender expression; Gender identity; Healthcare; LGBT; Peer victimization; Sexual orientation; Youth.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology
  • Bullying / statistics & numerical data*
  • Crime Victims / psychology*
  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Peer Group
  • Sexual and Gender Minorities / psychology*
  • Social Perception
  • Social Support