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Gender and Sexuality Alliences - making the school safer for LGBTQ youth.

Contact us here if you have any questions or if you'd like to start a GSA, but don't know how to reach out to the LGBTQ+ students and their allies.  You can also find information about forming a GSA at the GSA National Network website.

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educational Network (GLSEN) has surveyed youth about their experiences in their high schools every two years for the past 10 years.  Some of their findings include:

  • Students in schools with a GSA reported hearing fewer homophobic remarks, experienced less harassment and assault because of their sexual orientation and gender expression, were more likely to report incidents of harassment and assault to school staff, were less likely to feel unsafe because of their sexual orientation or gender expression, were less likely to miss school because of safety concerns and reported a greater sense of belonging to their school community.
  • The presence of supportive staff contributed to a range of positive indicators including fewer reports of missing school, greater academic achievement, higher educational aspirations and a greater sense of belonging to their school community.
  • Students from a school with a safe school policy that included protections based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression heard fewer homophobic remarks, experienced lower levels of victimization related to their sexual orientation, were more likely to report that staff intervened when hearing homophobic remarks and were more likely to report incidents of harassment and assault to school staff.

For more information about GLSEN and their School Climate Survey data, click here.