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New study finds nearly nine in 10 LGBT students experience harassment



The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or GLSEN, today released the most comprehensive report ever on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

The survey of 6,209 middle and high school students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia found that nearly nine in 10 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender students experienced harassment at school in the past year, three-fifths felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, and about a third skipped a day of school in the past month because of feeling unsafe.

Other key findings of the 2007 National School Climate Survey include:

  • Forty-four percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students reported being physically harassed, and 22 percent reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.
  • Seventy-four percent heard derogatory remarks such as “faggot” or “dyke” frequently or often at school.
  • The reported grade point average of students who were more frequently harassed because of their sexual orientation or gender expression was almost half a grade lower than for students who were less often harassed.

“Since the first National School Climate Survey in 1999, we have seen little improvement in the overall school climate for LGBT students, which is disturbing in that improving school climate facilitates student safety and relates to positive educational outcomes,” GLSEN research director Joseph Kosciw said in a news release.

The report was released in conjunction with the announcement that GLSEN will partner with the Ad Council on a multiyear national public education campaign targeting anti-LGBT language among teens.

To view the full report, click here.

Donna Winchester, education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:59am]


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