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Bullying of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender Secondary School Students in Thailand

February 2014: Students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) tend to be disproportionately bullied at schools (UNESCO, 2012). In many Western and Asian countries, over half of LGBT students report having been bullied because of their sexual preference. Thailand is often perceived as very accepting of sexual diversity, but in fact LGBT people are usually only tolerated, not accepted.

This study evaluates the issue in the Thai context. UNESCO, which has recently been addressing homophobic school bullying on a global scale, together with Plan International through its Learn Without Fear campaign, partnered with the Center for Health Policy Studies and the Center for Health Law at Mahidol University to investigate the issue.

The study found that overall, 55.7% of LGBT students reported having been bullied within one month because they were LGBT. Nearly one-third (30.9%) experienced physical abuse, 29.3% reported verbal abuse, 36.2% stated social abuse, and 24.4% reported being victims of sexual harassment because they were LGBT.

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