LGBT Teens Face Harsher Punishments

By TARA PARKER-POPE of the NY Times

Gay teens in the United States are far more likely to be harshly punished by schools and courts than their straight peers, according to a new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics.

The findings, based on a national sample of more than 15,000 middle and high school students, come at a time of heightened attention to the plight of gay teens. While several high-profile bullying and suicide cases around the country have revealed the harassment of gay teens by their peers, the new data suggest gay teens also suffer a hidden bias when judged by school and legal authorities.

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