There were many firsts in 2016 for Jonathan Samuels as he started high school in Etobicoke, many of them difficult.

He had recently moved back to Toronto from Jamaica, was starting Grade 11 in a new school  — and he was gay, which meant he faced insults and hateful taunts from other students.

He dreaded going to school and began to withdraw.

According to a groundbreaking national survey of 4,000 youths aged 14 to 21 conducted for CBC news by Mission Research, Samuels is far from alone.

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