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Why LGBT adolescents are still more likely to face bullying, including social exclusion and physical harm

(Reuters Health) - Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adolescents are more likely to be bullied and victimized throughout elementary and high school than heterosexual students, according to new research.

"Bullying in general - as has been reported by others - decreases as kids go through school, but the disparity does not," said Dr. Mark Schuster, the lead author of a research letter published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

"We found this persistent pattern across all the grades for bullying and victimization," said Schuster, who is chief of general pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School.

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