A new report by LGBT equality charity Stonewall and BritainThinks has revealed for the first time what life is like for LGBT young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).
The research shows that anti-LGBT bullying, lack of support at home or visible role models can have a devastating impact on LGBT young people’s mental health, and lead many to being ‘shut out’ of higher education and work. The report finds that once out of school and employment, LGBT young people are slipping through the gaps and face significant obstacles to re-entering education and work.
Through in-depth interviews and workshops, 30 LGBT young people were asked about their experiences of being ‘not in education, training and employment’, their mental health experiences and what would help them in the future.
Key findings show why these young people left education, training and employment, including: experiences of familial rejection after coming out as LGBT; isolation at school and college due to anti-LGBT bullying and a lack of LGBT-specific support; negative experiences in the workplace, including anti-LGBT harassment.
The report goes on to show that once out of education and employment, mental-health struggles and difficulties accessing opportunities continue to hold LGBT young people back and prevent them from reaching their full potential.
Commenting on the findings, Mo Wiltshire, Director of Education & Youth at Stonewall, said: “For the first time, this research sheds light on the challenges that young lesbian, gay, bi and trans people have faced, leading them to become shut out of education, employment or training.
“Schools, colleges, local authorities and employers need to open their doors to LGBT young people, starting by creating environments in which everyone can thrive.
“This research has brought up many areas which we know present particular difficulty for LGBT people, such as bullying and a lack of support from their school days right through to the workplace. But now we can see that these challenges have lasting impacts, which is why it’s time to act.
“Schools, colleges, local authorities and employers need to open their doors to LGBT young people, starting by creating environments in which everyone can thrive. No one should be shut out of education or work because they are LGBT, and we will keep fighting until every LGBT person has the support they need to be themselves and reach their full potential.”
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