Survey Records Experiences In School For LGBTQ Youth
The 2017 National School Climate Survey has been released by GLSEN, formerly the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. The survey records the school experiences of LGBTQ youths.
The survey showed that improvement in school over time has appeared to level off for LGBTQ students. And that for the first time in a decade, the victimization of LGBTQ youths is not decreasing at rates previously seen. For transgender and gender-nonconforming students, it has actually gotten worse.
Adrian Zongrone, a GLSEN research associate who worked on the study, said more attention to trans rights and gender identity might be a factor.
“It could be that just having that these issues raised more commonly in public discourse could result in a lot of the loss of momentum that we’ve seen," Zongrone said.
Zongrone said access to LGBTQ resources in schools results in better well-being and academic outcomes for students.