LGBT Youth Face Pervasive But Decreasing Harassment, Says GLSEN Study

Published: September 6, 2012

The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network Wednesday released its annual National School Climate Survey, finding that while LGBT youth still face pervasive harassment in schools, 2011 saw a significant decrease in the number of assaults based on perceived sexual orientation.
"The 2011 survey marks a possible turning point in the school experiences of LGBT youth," said GLSEN senior director of research and strategic initiatives Joseph Kosciw. "But an alarming number of LGBT youth still face barriers that inhibit their ability to receive an education. And although we have seen an increase in school supports that can improve school climate for these youth, many of these young people reported being unable to access these supports in their schools."

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