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Results of School Climate Survey


Anti-Gay harassment linked to School Performance

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) school climate studies reveal that student grade performance is directly linked to in-school victimization.

GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for LGBT students, began surveying students nationally in 1999, in order to document the experience of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.

Since 2003, GLSEN has studied the link between anti-gay harassment and school performance. The results were not surprising. Students who frequently experienced harassment because of their sexual orientation had Grade Point Averages that were ten percent lower than those who did not.

LGBT students were five times more likely to report having skipped shcool because of safety concerns than the general population of students.

Students who experienced frequent harassment were also less likely to plan for college. LGBT students who report significant harassment were twice as likely to report they do not intend to attend college. Students who reported being harassed also had lower grades than LGBT students who had less harassment.

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