Groups to target LGBT teen bullying

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Persad Center, GLSEN and PFLAG will co-host a Safe Schools summit this month to target bullying of LGBT kids in Pittsburgh schools.

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Wed., Jan. 16, at the Lexus Club at PNC Park. It will feature national speakers from the Trevor Project, GLSEN and PFLAG, as well as researchers from Duquesne University who have been studying bullying. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is also scheduled to speak.

In a press release, organizers cite recent research from GLSEN showing that three out of four students hear derogatory remarks related to sexual orientation — often at school, and that LGBT students are three to four times more likely to attempt suicide. In a 2011 survey by GLSEN, 81.9% of LGBT students reported being harassed for their sexual orientation.

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