It really does get better for gay and bisexual teens when it comes to being bullied, although young gay men have it worse than their lesbian peers, according to the first long-term scientific evidence on how the problem changes over time. The seven-year study involved more than 4,000 teens in England who were questioned yearly through 2010, until they were 19 and 20 years old. At the start, just over half of the 187 gay, lesbian and bisexual teens said they had been bullied; by 2010 that dropped to 9 percent of gay and bisexual boys and 6 percent of lesbian and bisexual girls. The researchers said the same results likely would be found in the United States....
"Bullying tends to decline with age regardless of sexual orientation and gender," and the study confirms that, said co-author Joseph Robinson, a researcher and assistant professor of educational psychology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. "In absolute terms, this would suggest that yes, it gets better."
But it doesn't get better as quickly for gay boys:
In the first years of the study, gay boys and girls were almost twice as likely to be bullied as their straight peers. By the last year, bullying dropped overall and was at about the same level for lesbians and straight girls. But the difference between men got worse by ages 19 and 20, with gay young men almost four times more likely than their straight peers to be bullied. The mixed results for young gay men may reflect the fact that masculine tendencies in girls and women are more culturally acceptable than femininity in boys and men, Robinson said.
That, yes, but it's not just effeminate boys who are bullied for being gay. It's about sex. Most of the bigots who object to gay rights, gay marriage, gay parenting, etc., are disgusted by the thought of all that poopy gay sex, as Dominic demonstrated in his interviews with donors to anti-gay causes in Washington state. (Never mind that straight people have tons of anal sex too.) Young anti-gay bigots have the same hangups that older anti-gay bigots do—icky buttsex!—and, consequently, they more difficultly accepting gay boys (who have that evil-when-two-dudes-do-it butt sex) than they do lesbian girls (who just like to cuddle).