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.