A recent released survey by Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) states that the majority of the state’s LGBT students don’t feel safe at school due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.  Not surprising, eight of 10 students have heard homophobic remarks and 5 out of 10 (50%) have heard negative remarks specifically about transgender people frequently often.  Other findings include:

  • Most LGBT students in California had been victimized at school. Many of these incidents were not reported to adult
    authorities.  In addition the majority experienced verbal harassment (e.g., called names or threatened): about 7 in 10 based on their sexual orientation and more than 5 in 10 based on the way they expressed their gender
  • Many LGBT students in California did not have access to in-school resources and supports.  In fact the majority experienced verbal harassment (e.g., called names or threatened): about 7 in 10 based on their sexual orientation and more than 5 in 10 based on the way they  expressed their gender.

Watch our very own Sasha Buchert on NBC Bay Area, and check out more facts and statistics about the State of California and the National Survey here.

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