Florida gay students find school unwelcoming
Florida's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students find the state's public schools hostile and unsafe places for them, according to a survey report released Thursday by GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network).
Among the group's findings, the document shows 90% of respondents felt deliberately excluded or "left out" by peers; 83% had mean rumors or lies told about them; 69% were sexually harassed; and 53% experienced electronic harassment or "cyberbullying."
To improve the school climate, GLSEN recommends several actions, including the adoption of more comprehensive anti-bullying policies, support for Gay-Straight Alliance clubs and added professional development for school staff in dealing with gender issues. Are your schools experiencing any such problems? How are they addressing them?
GLSEN has chapters in Orlando and Tampa. Read more about them here.