There is no question that Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) youth in the United States are more likely to be mistreated at school than their Straight peers. Research confirms this. For one very thorough review of this research, see the special issue of School Psychology Review, Vol. 37, #2. It is well documented that, because of this abuse, LGBT youth are more likely to drop out of school, to see school as a threatening place, and to attempt many forms of self-harm. See Mental Health America for relevant statistics about the effects of mistreatment on LGBT youth. Some have claimed that the difficulties that LGBT youth face do not result from others’ mistreatment of them, but from something inherently unhealthy about being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered. However, a recent research study reported in Pediatrics : The Social Environment and Suicide Attempts in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth, by Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, PhD, makes it clear that this is not the case. Dr. Hatzenbuehler found that suicide rates of LGB youth were higher in communities and schools which did not provide them a supportive, inclusive environment and lower in communities and schools that did provide a supportive environment.