SIGN NOW: White House petition urges Obama Administration to include LGBT identity questions in school climate survey
In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last month, President Obama announced yesterday his plan to address gun violence in schools. One of the highlights of his plan includes a school climate survey to help schools “create safer and more nurturing school climates.” Please join Campus Pride in urging the Obama Administration to include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in his proposed school climate survey by signing this White House petition. Limited research shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face harsh school climates, including bullying and harassment. These issues cannot be fully addressed if comprehensive research is not available, and including LGBT identity questions in the White House’s school climate survey would move us one step closer to addressing LGBT climate issues in our nation’s school.
The text of the petition is available below. Sign now and share widely in order to make your voice heard.
We petition the Obama Administration to:
include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in the proposed school climate survey.
School climate surveys are a critical aspect of the research on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender student success rates. These students have been shown to be at higher risk for bullying, harassment, substance abuse, self-harm, and dropping out, yet demographic information about sexual orientation and gender identity is missing from almost every educational metric.
The country’s educators and families need more information about the challenges these students face in order to better support their needs.
The school climate survey the Administration pledges to develop in response to gun violence would be incomplete if it did not include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity. The data such an effort could produce would be invaluable to researchers and educators.