The Research Briefs are a series of short reports produced by the GLSEN Research
Department on a range of current safer school and LGBT-related education issues
with findings from both GLSEN research and other sources.
SELECTED STATE FINDINGS FROM THE NATIONAL SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY
These briefs examine the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
students in selected states, using available data from GLSEN's National School
Climate Survey in 2009.
GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCES: CREATING SAFER SCHOOLS FOR LGBT STUDENTS AND
This brief examines current research on GSAs and highlights major findings
regarding school safety, access to education, academic achievement for LGBT
students, and access to GSAs in school.
THE EXPERIENCES OF LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER MIDDLE SCHOOL
This brief examines the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
(LGBT) students in middle school. Using data from middle school students who
participated in GLSEN's 2007 National School Climate Survey, this brief provides
important information on school climate for LGBT middle schoolers, including
the prevalence of harassment and assault and the negative consequences of such
victimization on academic achievement. The availability of valuable resources
and supports in middle schools, such as Gay-Straight Alliances and supportive
educators, is also highlighted. Findings show that LGBT middle school students
often face more hostile school climates than their high school peers, yet have
access to fewer supportive resources in school.
Teaching Respect: LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum and School Climate
A key component of creating safe, affirming schools for LGBT youth is ensuring that students have access to LGBT-inclusive curricular resources. Using data from the 2009 National School Climate Survey, this brief explores LGBT students' reports of learning about LGBT issues. LGBT students who learned about LGBT people, history, or events in their classes experienced less victimization, felt safer at school, and reported better relationships with their peers and school staff. However, very few students had access to this important resource.
Assessing Transgender Status in Surveys of Adolescents: A GLSEN Research Brief
How should you ask students if they are transgender in a survey? This research brief examines some of the challenges of asking youth about transgender status, and makes recommendations for ensuring that transgender status questions are both nonstigmatizing to transgender youth and understandable to the general adolescent population. The brief discusses findings from GLSEN's work on behalf of the All Students Count Coalition to test and recommend a transgender status question for general youth population surveys. It can serve as a valuable resource for documenting the experiences of transgender youth respectfully and accurately.