The Human Rights Campaign surveyed more than 10,000 teens about growing up lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in America. It is the largest known survey of this kind and revealed LGBT youth have markedly different experiences than their "straight" counterparts. Michelle Valles reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on June 7, 2012.
A landmark study released by gay-rights advocates Thursday showed that those who grow up with gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender identities have markedly different experiences of childhood than "straight" youth.
"Growing Up LGBT in America," a survey of 10,000 respondents ages 13 to 17, was released by the Human Rights Campaign, a Washington, D.C.-based group that held a press conference in HollywoodThursday.
The report showed that more than half of LGBT youth have been harassed and nearly half feel they don't "fit in."
Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said the report should be "a call to action for all of us."
He was joined at the press conference at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who expressed support.
"These kids have a right to go to school and not be harassed. They have a right to love who they want. They have a right to get married, if they want," Villaraigosa said.
LA's City Hall is set to be bathed in lavender light during evenings in June to honor Gay Pride Month.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, the key findings of the report include:
The figures showed LGBT youth in California found life was a little easier, according to an analysis from the Los Angeles Times.