Knowing the facts reenforce the need to provide LGBTQ youth a safe space for gender expression and community support.

Local

  • In a 2011 survey of 8, 584 middle and high school students, 8 out of 10 LGBTQ students experienced harassment at school in the past year. Nearly two-thirds felt “unsafe: because of their sexual orientation. Nearly one-third of them, “skipped school at least one day the past month because of safety concerns.”
  • Approximately 72% heard homophobic remarks, such as “faggot” or “dyke,” frequently” or “often” at school.
  • Nearly two-thirds of students reported they felt unsafe in school because of their gender expression.
  • Thirty percent of LGBTQ students missed a class at least once and also missed at least one day of school in the past month because of safety concerns, compared to only 8.3% and 6.7% respectively, of a national sample of secondary school students.
  • Reported grade point average of students who were frequently harassed because of their sexual orientation or gender expression were almost half a grade lower than students who were less often harassed.
  • Increased levels of victimization correspond with increased levels of depression, anxiety, and decreased levels of self-esteem.
  • Being “out” in school had both positive and negative repercussions for LGBTQ students. Ninety-six percent said being “out” led to higher levels of victimization. However the majority also reported higher levels of psychological well-being.
  • Locally, in Broward County, 80 students were recently polled at the 2011 Gay-Straight Alliance Student Leadership Summit. Ninety-two percent stated, their “greatest support system was from “friends”.

Source: Broward County Public Schools LGBTQ Critical Support Guide (pdf)
Courtesy of the Gay and Lesbian Student Education Network (GLSEN)

National

  • 26% of LGBT youth say their biggest problems are not feeling accepted by their family, trouble at school/bullying, and fear to be out/open. 22% of non-LGBT youth say their biggest problems are trouble with class, exams and grades
  • LGBT youth are twice as likely as their peers to say they have been physically assaulted, kicked or shoved at school.
  • 4 in 10 LGBT youth (42%) say the community in which they live is not accepting of LGBT people.
  • 92% of LGBT youth say they hear negative messages about being LBGT. The top sources are school, the Internet and their peers

Source: www.hrc.org/youth

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