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The media and government officials have often claimed that the rate of teen suicide for homosexuals is vastly higher than the suicide rate of heterosexual teens. The figure they often use is that an estimated 1/3 of all teen suicides are homosexual. This estimate has led to the focus on the It Gets Better campaign, and increased funding to anti-discrimination programs in schools with a focus on homosexuality.

How accurate is this estimate, and where did they likely get this figure?

Recent research in 2001 would indicate that the 1/3 figure is exaggerated, and that homosexual teen suicide rates are only marginally greater than heterosexual teens.

  • "The Media and Government officials" Can you offer a citation? So far you're only offering us the "It Gets Better" campaign, which is neither The Media nor a Government official. – Zibbobz Mar 16 '15 at 17:48
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    @georgechaloub: There were two problems with your edit. You changed the meaning of the statistic in the title, and the claim is apparently not about the LGBT community, but just the L and G part. However, I cannot find the original claim on "It Gets Better" site to confirm this. If you can establish notability that the claim really is about the whole LGBT community and the OP has no objections, I'd be happy for it to be broadened to include LGBT teens. – Oddthinking Mar 16 '15 at 22:33
  • One point--your rebuttal seems to be trying to exclude evidence of closeted gays--a population I would think would be at risk. – Loren Pechtel Mar 17 '15 at 2:36
  • @georgechalhoub: that is not the claim. Perhaps this should be closed if we can't find it? – Oddthinking Mar 17 '15 at 7:25
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    That isn't hard evidence. Those statistics in Wikipedia are attempted suicides. – user1873 Mar 18 '15 at 1:38

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