The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Resource Center at UNM invites students, faculty, staff and the community to attend the second annual Community Forum on Anti-LGBTQ Bullying on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building, ballroom C.

Speakers will discuss their experiences, a safe room with counseling will be available, and organizations will table with information and resources for those who are being bullied or who want to work on bullying prevention.

The Community Forum on Anti-LGBTQ Bullying was created in response to nationally reported stories about teen suicides that resulted from homophobic bullying and harassment. The LGBTQ Resource Center encourages wearing purple in solidarity for anti-LGBTQ issues.

Research from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network in 2008 found that 86.2 percent of students who identify as LGBTQ report verbal harassment and 44.1 percent report physical harassment about their sexual orientation. Additionally, 66.5 percent report verbal harassment and 30.4 percent report physical harassment about gender expression in school. Of all public high school students, 90 percent reported hearing anti-gay remarks on a daily basis.

Unwelcoming and hostile school environments put students at greater risk for additional negative outcomes, including suicide, according to a paper by Kristopher Goodrich and Melissa Luke. A 2002 study by Anthony D'Augelli found that more than one third of LGB youth report having made a suicide attempt, and the numbers are even higher for transgender youth.

Call the UNM LGBTQ Resource Center at (505) 277-0834 or email lgbtqrc@unm.edu.