GLSEN survey reveals school experiences of LGBT students

Rainbow students with signs

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Six out of 10 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens say they feel unsafe at school. Eighty-two percent of that same group say they’ve been verbally harassed because of their sexual orientation, while 71 percent say they’ve heard homophobic remarks like “dyke” or “faggot” used with some frequency at school.

However, it wasn’t all gloom and doom. As GLSEN officials are quick to point out, the 2011 survey found a continued overall decline in anti-LGBT language, as in previous years. This year, they add, the survey shows a significant decrease in victimization based on sexual orientation for the very first time.

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