Youth News

Posted on: May 20th, 2011

In October 2008, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) released the results of its 2007 National School Climate Survey. The survey of 6,209 middle school and high school students found that nearly nine out of 10(86.2%) LGBTQ students experienced harassment at school in the past year, three-fifths (60.8%) felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation and about a third (32.7%) skipped a day of school in the past month because of feeling unsafe. On the brighter side, the survey also found that the presence of staff members who are supportive of LGBTQ students in a school contributed to a range of positive indicators including fewer reports of missing school, greater academic achievement, higher educational aspirations and a greater sense of belonging to their school community.