Despite continuing obstacles for students, survey reports a significant decrease in victimization based on sexual orientation for the first time
The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) recently released their annual national school climate survey detailing the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in schools across the country. The report highlighted four main problem areas for LGBT students: hostile school climate, absenteeism, lowered educational aspirations and academic achievement, and poorer psychological well-being. In addition, the report highlighted four main solutions: gay-straight alliances, inclusive curricula, supportive educators, and comprehensive bullying and harassment policies and laws.
The report is the first to show both a decrease in negative indicators of school climate and a continued increase in school resources and support for LGBT students. GLSEN suggest that an increase in school resources could account for the improvements in campus climate.