Education

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Learning Objectives–At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  1. understand the challenges, microaggressions, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia experienced by LGBTQ2S youth in educational settings.
  2. create safe enough spaces for LGBTQ2S youth in educational programs.

<blockquote>Unfortunately, research continues to show that for an overwhelming majority of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT[Q2S]) students, schools are not a safe place to learn and grow.

  • Nearly two-thirds report feeling unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation, and nearly 40% felt unsafe because of their gender expression.
  • 85% of LGBT[Q2S] students report being verbally harassed, 40% report being physically harassed because of their sexual orientation.
  • 64% of LGBT[Q2S] students report being verbally harassed, nearly 30% report being physically harassed because of their gender expression.

Anti-LGBT[Q2S] bullying leads to absenteeism, lower grades, reduced self-esteem and, in too many cases, depression and suicide. Students who were more frequently harassed because of their sexual orientation or gender expression reported a grade point average almost a half grade lower than for students who were less often harassed (2.7 vs. 3.1) (GLSEN, n.d.).</blockquote>

GSAs

<blockquote>A GSA is a student-run group that provides a safe place for any and all students to meet and learn about all different orientations, to support each other while working together to end homophobia, and to raise awareness and promote equality for all human beings. In addition to being a group dedicated to support, it also strives to educate the surrounding areas and the community on different gender and equality issues (Egale, n.d.).</blockquote>

 

Sources:

Egale Human Rights Trust. (n.d.). Setting up a GSA. Retrieved February 26, 2015, from http://www.mygsa.ca/setting-gsa/school-board-policies

GLSEN. (n.d.). Every Student Deserves a Safe Space! Retrieved February 26, 2015, from http://safespace.glsen.org

 

 

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