Source: GLSEN’s (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) 2009 National School Climate Survey, Published September 01 2012
InDepth: LGBT student bullying statistics
- Of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) students surveyed, 85 percent reported being verbally harassed, 40 percent reported being physically harassed, and 19 percent reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.
- Sixty-four percent of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed, 27 percent reported being physically harassed and 13 percent reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their gender expression.
- Seventy-two percent heard homophobic remarks frequently or often at school
- Sixty-one percent of students reported that they felt unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation
- Twenty-nine percent of LGBT students missed a class at least once, and 30 percent missed at least one day of school in the past month because of safety concerns
- The reported grade-point average of students who were more frequently harassed because of their sexual orientation or gender expression was almost half a grade lower than for students who were less often harassed.
- Being out in school had positive and negative repercussions for LGBT students. Being out was related to higher levels of victimization, but also higher levels of psychological well-being.
- The presence of supportive staff contributed to a range of positive indicators including fewer reports of missing school, fewer reports of feeling unsafe, greater academic achievement, higher educational aspirations and a greater sense of school belonging.
- Students attending schools with an anti-bullying policy that included protections based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression heard fewer homophobic remarks, experienced lower levels of victimization related to their sexual orientation, were more likely to report that staff intervened when hearing homophobic remarks and were more likely to report incidents of harassment and assault to school staff than students at schools with a general policy or no policy.
Source: GLSEN’s (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) 2009 National School Climate Survey