Penrith, Australia – A university study of LGBTQ high school students shows 30 percent experienced physical harassment as either a victim or a witness, and 90 percent heard homophobic language daily. Western Sydney University conducted the survey.

The University polled 2,376 LGBTQ students aged 13 to 18 at government, independent and Catholic schools across Australia. Only six percent of the students reported seeing intervention by educators in the incidents, although anecdotes of gay students being called “faggot” and suffering physical assaults were common.

The research reveals the experiences of the students significantly shaped their sense of connectedness to their school. This can be a factor affecting academic success, according to Jacqueline Ullman, an associate professor of adolescent development, behavior and wellbeing and author of the study. (Dallas Voice – David Webb at