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Safe Schools for LGBTQ+ Students

Young people must feel safe to be curious, engaged learners, but many LGBTQ+ students don’t have the sense of security they deserve.
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Take Action

Email your representatives and tell them to support the Safe Schools Improvement Act (S. 2410/H.R. 4402).

A 2019 survey by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) revealed that 86 percent of LGBTQ+ students were harassed or assaulted at school based on personal characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender expression.

  • Nearly 70 percent of LGBTQ+ students faced verbal harassment, including name-calling or threatening, based on sexual orientation.
  • Fifty-nine percent faced verbal abuse based on gender expression.
  • One-quarter said they had been physically harassed based on sexual orientation.

Only 21 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have anti-bullying and harassment laws that protect students who are LGBTQ+, transgender, nonbinary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, or have disabilities. Federal legislation would address this lack of protections for our students.