The data on the number of students who are bullied, who feel unsafe, and who have an active plan for suicide is shocking.
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.
In order to use the boy’s bathroom in his high school—the bathroom which conforms with his gender identity—Ash Whitaker had to take the Kenosha Unified School District to court.
“Once you empower students you can start a movement.”
“We want every student to know we respect who you are as an individual and accept you as part of our school family.”
“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.”
It’s a pretty surefire bet that Trump won’t be uttering ANY of these statements tomorrow evening before Congress.
Tensions came to a head when students showed solidarity with fellow students by wearing rainbow colors to school on LGBT Spirit Day. Not to be outdone, some of their classmates showed up the next day draped in Confederate flags.
“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.”