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ERIC Number: EJ971411
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1531-3174
Bullying and Bias: Making Schools Safe for Gay Students
Fleming, James
Leadership, v41 n4 p12-14 Mar-Apr 2012
The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at Mayfair Middle/High School, in concert with other clubs on campus, is steadily shifting school culture toward one of inclusion. Teachers and students alike are noticing a change. Teachers believe that students are altering the language they use in class to better accommodate diverse students. The hard work of socially minded clubs is paying off for those students who are still looking for a connection with their school. Students on campuses with GSAs are more likely to report feeling safe on campus, and are less likely to be exposed to bias-related harassment. Nationwide, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) teens deal with issues of school safety every day. The School Climate Survey makes four recommendations to combat harassment. GSAs, inclusive curriculum, supportive educators, and comprehensive bullying/harassment policies are strong contributing factors to keeping students safe and engaged in school. GSA members are serious about making new members feel welcome. Club meetings are much like any high school club meeting--lots of talk about schoolwork, planning fundraisers, and ideas to promote the club. The difference is that no matter why the student decided to join, they're treated like they belong there. (Contains 4 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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