A new report is showing a “troubling” trend for youth in America following the 2016 presidential election. LGBTQ-rights organization Human Rights Campaign surveyed more than 50,000 young people about their personal experiences of bullying and harassment and found 70 percent of them reported that they have witnessed some form of bullying or harassment during or since the election. 63 percent of respondents said that the incidents were sexually motivated, while 70 percent said that the harassment was racially or ethnically motivated. Before the election, more than half of the youth said that they thought about the election every day.
The HRC report laying out the survey results included a number of anonymous write-in responses from youth across the country. An 18-year-old student from Illinois, whose name was not published to protect her privacy, described her experience witnessing harassment motivated by bias:
"People on my school's bus were talking badly about the LGBT community and Black people, as well as a specific male-identifying friend of mine who wore heels, calling him a 'tranny' and 'f-ggot' and 'n-word.' They also related it to the election, stating that Trump is going to help so that 'the f-ggots in the locker rooms can't be there to be pedophiles and stare at us.'"
Eliza Byard, executive director of LGBTQ youth advocacy organization GLSEN, said the results of HRC's report should "make all adults ashamed."