"Ten times more sexually active Year 10 schoolboys have had their most recent sexual experience with another male compared to rates reported six years ago, a national survey has shown.It blew my mind to read that statistics to be honest. I am wondering if its actually true that
Figures from the fourth National Survey of Australian Secondary Students presented in Brisbane revealed that the percentage of boys who said their previous sexual partner was male had escalated from 0.7 per cent in 2006 to 7.4 per cent in 2008.
Five per cent of all sexually active teenagers among the 3000 Year 10 and 12 students surveyed reported the last person they had sex with was of the same sex.
Only one percent of students said they were attracted exclusively to people of the same sex."
Very interesting report - go read it.
I hope that this reports also highlight the need for more anti-homophobia effort in Australia. Suicide rate amongst same-sex attracted people are between 3-14% of the total death by suicide in Australia and although the rate of youth suicide has decreased more than half in the last 10 years, it remained the top causes of death amongst young people alongside road traffic accident.
The large percentage means that there is an uncertainty of the reported cases of youth suicide, which highlights another area that Australia needs to urgently address; also, because most people remain in the closet, I believe the figure is a lot higher.
Speaking of which, I found a really cute art project / human rights campaign in Australia, promoting inclusiveness amongst the Australian community calling for respect for the LGBTs.
I love all the people who've put their face to make a stand against anti-homophobia and also all the messages that I've read so far have been pretty impactful. Love it!