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Thai schools are failing to provide a safe environment for LGBT students

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A growing body of evidence shows that many lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people are threatened with violence because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or the way they express their sexuality. Unfortunately, this can begin at a young age _ in the form of bullying and harassment. 

Not only are LGBT students disproportionately targeted for bullying at Thai schools, but merely being perceived as being different can also lead to harassment.

To tackle this issue, Plan International in collaboration with Unesco and Mahidol University conducted a year-long study involving 30 secondary schools in five provinces, with over 2,000 students sharing their experiences. As part of the study, findings from the report entitled "Bullying targeting high school students who are or are perceived to be transgender or same-sex attracted: Types, prevalence, impact, motivation and preventive measures in 5 provinces of Thailand" were recently released.

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