According to a new study, more than half of LGBTQ+ teenagers in Ireland say they have faced discrimination because of their sexual orientation.
The study, which included more than 6,000 teens between the ages of 12 and 19, found that teens who are same-sex or both-sex attracted are nearly eight times more likely than their straight counterparts to have prejudices about their sexuality felt orientation.
Around one in five people with a disability or a chronic illness said they felt discriminated against because of their disability. But more than half of people with disabilities also felt discriminated against on other grounds, mainly related to their appearance or behavior.
The University of Galway study found that children with disabilities faced the most discrimination based on their disability, while Traveler children faced the most discrimination based on their ethnicity.
Migrant children experienced the most prejudice based on their parents’ place of birth, race or religion, while young people who identified as a sexual minority experienced the most discrimination based on their sexual orientation.
dr Andras Kolto, from the Research Center for Health Promotion at Galway University, said young people from minority groups are also significantly more likely to report discrimination on other grounds.
“The fact that young people are being discriminated against because of their minority status is quite obvious,” he said. “But the real novelty of this study was that we looked at eight reasons [for discrimination] at the same time and what we have is kind of a negative halo.
“A positive halo is when you have a trait that others see as desirable, and as a result they generally see you in a better light. For example, physically attractive people might be seen as more intelligent, generous, and good-natured than people of average appearance, even though beauty has nothing to do with how smart or good someone is.”
Traits or traits that might be considered undesirable could make people think worse about the person in other ways.
“If you look at Traveler, discrimination isn’t just based on their birthplace or disability or chronic condition, race and sexual orientation, which was quite unexpected for us,” he said.
Each of the groups also faces more discrimination than their non-minority peers on different grounds.
“What was really striking was that children with a disability or a chronic illness are also more likely to be discriminated against for other reasons,” said Dr. Kolto.
“Most of the time it was two things. One was various aspects of her physical appearance, like her weight, hair color, and the other was her behavior, which is behavior that doesn’t conform to the norm.”
Just over half of young people from the Traveler community feel discriminated against because of their ethnicity, but they have also been much more likely to experience additional prejudice.
“They faced greater discrimination based on their place of birth, disability, race, sexual orientation and membership in the Traveler community,” said Dr. Kolto.
Just over half of first-generation immigrant youth have experienced discrimination because of where they were born – three times as many as their non-immigrant peers.
The Research, in the journal health, education and behavioralso found that first-generation immigrant youth were almost three times more likely to be discriminated against because of their place of birth than their Irish-born peers.
About 10 percent of the total sample belonged to the sexual minority; 22 percent reported having a disability or chronic condition; 15 percent were first-generation immigrants; and 2pc belonged to the Traveler community.
“We also saw that children in schools that had anti-bullying policies reported much less discrimination,” said Dr. Kolto.
The study highlighted the need for training of teachers, youth workers and service providers on how to respond to the needs of all minority young people.
“Their training should include bias perception and stigma, as well as skills to intervene when needed,” the study says.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/lgbtq-teens-are-facing-a-negative-halo-of-prejudice-study-suggests-42176611.html According to a study, LGBTQ+ teenagers face a “negative halo” of prejudice