A shocking 80 per cent of LGBTQ+ students feel unsafe in school, report reveals

No child or staff of a school should feel unsafe or be without food, comfort, or needed medical care.   It is hard enough to learn and some kids have a lot of issue that make it harder for them.   Anything that can make it easier for them to process the information learning to thing / reason is something we as adults / a society need to do.  Teachers need to feel safe.   Teaching is a skill, not everyone can do it or do it well.  I use to teach people unfamiliar with operating windows some basics and how to set some settings.   I got good at doing this even over the phone.  But it takes being able to see in your mind what should be and also what the other person is seeing and talking in a way that limits confusion.   I have had great teachers in my life that I still remember what they taught and how they kept me interested and I have had teachers I couldn’t learn from and sleepwalked through the classes.   Teachers need to focus on their students and the lessons.   The idea that teacher have an easy job and don’t work much is so wrong an entire post could be made to debunk it.  Teachers shouldn’t be providing the needs students have for supplies, yet a lot do now.   When I was a kid our communities were proud to show how well the local schools were funded and had everything they needed.   That is not happening today.   Public schools have been starved for so long they are nearly skeletons of their former selves.   Education is the way we improve life and progress for all.    Our youth / children are the future of our country and they will one day be the leaders of the country, if our 80 and 90 year old will ever step aside.   If we don’t want to backslide into a less educated / less progressive time we need to fund public education and treat the idea of schools with the seriousness / importance it needs / should have.  These don’t say gay and the removal of supportive acceptance posters / clubs   Hugs

More than 80 per cent of LGBTQ+ students reported feeling unsafe at school last year

More than 80 per cent of LGBTQ+ students reported feeling unsafe at school last year (Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)

More than 80 per cent of LGBTQ+ students across the United States reported feeling unsafe at school in the last year, a new survey has found.

An annual report from the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), found that 81.8 per cent of LGBTQ+ students surveyed felt unsafe at school because of “at least one of their actual or perceived personal characteristics”, with nearly a fifth of these students (16.2 per cent) reporting that these feelings led them to change schools.

The study, published on Tuesday (18 October), also found 32 per cent of LGBTQ+ students across the US had missed at least one full day of school over concerns for their safety.

 

Disturbingly, LGBTQ+ students reported experiencing increased high levels of verbal and physical harassment from their peers in the past year, with more than 75 per cent reporting in-person verbal harassment at school due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, and a horrific 12 per cent saying they were physically assaulted in the last year.

GLSEN said the findings indicate “specific school-based supports” including “an LGBTQ+ inclusive curriculum and supportive student clubs” are sorely needed in the country.

The organization’s chief of staff Aaron Ridings said findings come at a time when students have reported “a decline in school resources” to tackle LGBTQ+ discrimination, as well as “the COVID-19 pandemic [creating] a period of mass disruption and trauma”.

The research comes as students across the US face waves of discrimination in the form of homophobic and transphobic laws from the government. Alabama has banned gender-affirming healthcare for trans youth and several states have banned trans students from playing sports at school.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also pushed through the much-criticised Don’t Say Gay bill in March, restricting schools from discussing LGBTQ+ issues in classrooms.

Some Republican politicians now want to roll that bill out across all of the US.

Teachers in Florida have spoken out about the damaging implications of the bill, with educators fearing “legal action” if they defy the bill to teach children about LGBTQ+ families.

Cory Bernaert, a Florida elementary school teacher, told PinkNews at the time of the bill’s passing that it was hurtful both “personally and professionally”.

“I do feel that teachers are going to be mindful because it is now law, and the last thing that an educator wants to worry about is any sort of legal action taken against them,” he said.

“The fear is there… I don’t blame them. It feels as if we have been bullied.”

Ensure ‘safe and affirming schools’

GLSEN wrote that despite this, an LGBTQ+ inclusive curriculum, supportive educators, and LGBTQ+ clubs is a way forward to ensure queer youth feel safe in a school environment. 

“Instituting these measures can move us toward a future in which all students have the opportunity to learn and succeed in school, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression,” GLSEN wrote.

“Especially given the decline in LGBTQ+ supports in schools that we found in this year’s report, it is imperative that all who are committed to ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students intensify their efforts in policy, advocacy, and classroom practices.”

2 thoughts on “A shocking 80 per cent of LGBTQ+ students feel unsafe in school, report reveals

  1. Hello Roger. Drunk on mob rule is very correct. Right now the right hates democracy openly while claiming to be the party of freedom. They are an ever shrinking minority that desperately wants to rule over the majority of people. I am reminded that Saddam Hussien was of a minority religion that ruled over the majority religion ruthlessly. That is going to happen here if the republicans get into control. The US will become Russia, China, Iran, Afghanistan, and other religious minority ruled countries. If anyone in the US thinks it will be easy to wrestle back control over the country should look at what is happening in Iran. The religious hard right is using live rounds and massive arrests to stop the majority, which is the people, from getting control and getting their lives back. Seriously if the right gets full control, it is over in the US. Hugs

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