According to educators, the GLSEN survey has been one of the most valuable tools in capturing and quantifying the experiences of LGBTQ youth in our schools.
LGTBQ students are more likely to face bullying and harassment in school leading to poor grades, dropping out of school and even homelessness. LGBTQ students at the college level also report feeling unsafe and unwelcome.
All students and educators deserve to be treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Safe and affirming schools are a core element of student success.
In order to use the boy’s bathroom in his high school, Ash Whitaker had to take the Kenosha Unified School District to court.
“Once you empower students you can start a movement.”
“This is a public school and everybody is welcome as they are. The onus is on us to make any accommodations within our human power to help all of our students feel safe and happy.”
“I knew I was in the right place when the principal told me that every family has a story, and it’s the school’s job to figure out how to support them.”
“The challenge has been to convince people that standing up for LGBT students has nothing to do with sex and everything to do with making these students feel safe and supported because every student deserves that.”
Students are struggling to understand not only what it means to be gay, but “the intersection of being both Black and gay and Hispanic and gay.”
High School District 211, in Palatine, Ill., heard appeals from residents but declined early this month to step away from a settlement with the U.S. Department of Education to provide locker room access to a transgender student. After receiving a letter from the federal Education Department, the board declined to take another vote, thereby keeping the settlement in place
Most students are on autopilot when it comes to the daily routine of high school. They file into first period, go from class to class, banter in the hallway, eat lunch, and take the occasional bathroom break. The transitions are processes that for the most part require little thought.