STATEWIDE — GLSEN has released state-level data from its “National School Climate Survey” which shows that U.S. secondary schools are slowly improving but remain hostile environments for many LGBTQ students.

The report for North Carolina LGBTQ students found: vast majority of students regularly heard anti-LGBTQ remarks (including ones by school staff and about gender expression); had been victimized at school (non-reporting to staff); reported discriminatory policies or practices at school (pre-HB2 inability to use the restroom that aligned with their gender identity); and did not have access to in-school resources and supports (student support organizations, inclusive curriculum, etc.).

“This research makes clear that many LGBTQ students in North Carolina are still lacking safe and inclusive schools,” said GLSEN Chief Research and Strategy Officer Dr. Joseph Kosciw. “Leaders in North Carolina must work to change this by supporting GSAs, creating and implementing policies that specifically protect LGBTQ students, providing professional development that helps educators support LGBTQ students and increasing access to curriculum that positively depicts LGBTQ people, history and events.”

info: glsen.org.

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