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ERIC Number: ED506942
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Middle School Students: Findings from the 2007 National School Climate Survey. Research Brief
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
In 2007, Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) conducted the fifth National School Climate Survey (NSCS), a biennial survey of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) secondary school students. The NSCS examines the experiences of LGBT youth in U.S. middle and high schools, documenting bias and behaviors that make schools unsafe. The national sample consisted of 6,209 LGBT students, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Findings include: (1) Homophobic remarks and negative comments about someone's gender expression were pervasive in middle schools; (2) The majority of LGBT middle school students experienced verbal harassment because of their sexual orientation or gender expression, and sizable percentages were physically harassed or assaulted based on these characteristics; (3) LGBT middle school students often missed classes or did not attend school altogether because they felt unsafe; (4) Harassment and absenteeism as a result of an unsafe school environment negatively affected LGBT middle school students' academic performance and ability to attend school; and (5) Many LGBT students in middle school did not have access to important resources and interventions that can improve school climate. Findings from this survey highlight the important role that educators and institutional supports can play in remedying the situation. To this end, several measures for middle school administrators, educators, education policymakers and others concerned with school safety and students' experiences in this nation's middle schools are recommended. (Contains 5 figures.)
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). 121 West 27th Street Suite 804, New York, NY 10001. Tel: 212-727-0135; Fax: 212-727-0254; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: IBM International Foundation
Authoring Institution: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)