The HHS Office of HIV/AIDS Policy on Bullying and Teen Suicide

We recently wrote a post about the very serious problem of bullying and teen suicide. Children or adolescents who are, or are perceived to be, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are at particular risk.

People from across the country and around the world, including President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, have created videos to spread the message to LGBT youth that “it gets betterExit Disclaimer. The Office of HIV/AIDS Policy and staff made the video below based on the article We must protect kids from bullying, by HHS Secretary Sebelius and Education Secretary Duncan. In addition, the Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights issued guidance to support educators in addressing bullying in schools in a Dear Colleagues letter (PDF, 295 KB).

If you need to talk to someone, the Trevor Project’s hotline for LGBT youth is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 1.866.488.7386 or online at Exit Disclaimer.


  1. Cyber-bullying has become a significant problem in the last few years. If it wasn’t enough for these kids to be teased, picked on, and bullied at school, now they are getting bullied through emails and on social networking sites. It is hard to believe that bullying still occurs over sexuality in this day and age. It somehow seems that we should have overcome this by now. It is hard enough just trying to understand one’s own sexuality when going through puberty without undergoing ridicule from fellow students. I really hope this terrible trend stops.
    I know that kids are cruel, but bullying someone to the extent that they no longer want to live is unbelievable. Perhaps, if children were taught to respect and appreciate others for their differences, this trend would stop.

  2. I am an adult. Every time that I see someone make an anti-gay statement, I tell that person that I do not like what they are saying, I explain to them that they are not to make these statement in my presence. I have said this to ministers, teachers, relatives and neighbors.
    I realize that this has not completely stopped the bullying, but perhaps if as many people as possible could voice their objection to anti-gay hate speech whenever they hear it, this will lessen the bullying. Make sure that your home, your church, and your classroom is a safe environment for all children regardless of their sexual orientation.

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