Bullying towards LGTBI+ individuals continues to be a regrettable reality in our country, an issue that demands our attention, especially in the context of returning to school. Rejection and systematic persecution based on sexual orientation or gender identity are sadly prevalent, even within classrooms.

When discussing bullying in general, it is estimated to affect approximately one in ten children, but when addressing LGTBI+ bullying, the figures significantly rise. According to data provided by the State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals, Bisexuals, and Intersex (FELGTBI+) in 2018, around 50% of students who identify as part of the queer community experience LGTBI+ bullying. In other words, one out of every two children or adolescents endures harassment due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

It is crucial to remember that when we talk about LGTBIfobic bullying in the school environment, we are referring to the systematic violence directed towards an individual, in this case, a child or adolescent in school, simply for belonging or appearing to belong to the LGTBI community.

The personal consequences for those who are victims of LGTBI+ bullying can be profoundly damaging, including the internalization of LGTBIfobia, depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts, which in many cases lead to suicidal behavior.

Back to School: How to Detect if Your Child is a Victim of LGTBI+ Bullying

Below are some signs that may indicate that our children are being subjected to LGTBI+ bullying. It is of utmost importance that both educators and family members pay attention to these signs. If detected, it is essential to inform the appropriate school staff so that action can be taken promptly to end the situation.

Below are some signs that may indicate LGTBI+ bullying:

  1. Social isolation.
  2. Sudden decline in academic performance.
  3. Notable difficulty in paying attention in class or maintaining focus.
  4. Episodes of anxiety or depressive symptoms.
  5. Frequent complaints of headaches and stomachaches.
  6. Difficulty falling asleep or recurring nightmares.
  7. Sudden changes in eating habits.
  8. Unexplained injuries or damage to personal belongings and clothing.
  9. Comments related to suicide.

If you witness a situation of LGTBI+ bullying, it is crucial not to remain passive: report it. Bullying is a serious issue that can have devastating consequences. Do not wait for it to become news; take action immediately.