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2015 National School Climate Survey

LGBTQ Students Experience Pervasive Harassment and Discrimination, But School-Based Supports Can Make a Difference

Cover image of the GLSEN 2015 National School Climate Survey

The GLSEN National School Climate Survey (pdf) is our flagship report on the school experiences of LGBTQ youth in schools, including the extent of the challenges that they face at school and the school-based resources that support LGBTQ students’ well-being. The survey has consistently indicated that specific school-based supports are related to a safer and more inclusive school climate, including: supportive educators, LGBT-inclusive curriculum, comprehensive anti-bullying policies, and supportive student clubs, such as Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs).

The full GLSEN 2015 National School Climate Survey report includes information on LGBTQ middle and high school students' experiences, including:

  • Hearing biased language, from both students and educators
  • Experiences of harassment and assault
  • Anti-LGBTQ discrimination
  • Effects of a hostile school climate on educational outcomes and psychological well-being
  • The availability and utility of supportive school resources

This report also examines demographic and school differences in students’ experiences, as well as changes in school climate over time. In addition, for the first time, this installment of GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey also includes insights on bisexual student experiences, school policies that specifically affect transgender students, and anti-bullying student education and asks students about discriminatory policies and practices around extracurricular activities and school events. 

Read the Press Release on the 2015 National School Climate Survey and look-up state specific snapshots for 30 states

State-specific reports about LGBTQ student experiences will be available for select US states on January 11. An archive of past versions of The National School Climate Survey is available here

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A chart from GLSEN's National School Climate Survey showing that verbal harassment of LGBTQ students based on sexual orientation and gender expression is on the decline.

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A chart from GLSEN's National School Climate Survey showing that verbal harassment of LGBTQ students based on sexual orientation and gender expression is on the decline.

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A chart from GLSEN's National School Climate Survey naming the four supports that can impact the lives of LGBTQ students: supportive educators, inclusive curriculum, comprehensive policies, and student clubs, like GSAs. 

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A chart from GLSEN's National School Climate Survey naming the four supports that can impact the lives of LGBTQ students: supportive educators, inclusive curriculum, comprehensive policies, and student clubs, like GSAs.

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A chart from GLSEN's National School Climate Survey describes how anti-LGBTQ harassment and discrimination negatively affect educational outcomes and mental health of LGBTQ students, including lower GPAs, self-esteem, and educational aspirations.

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A chart from GLSEN's National School Climate Survey describes how anti-LGBTQ harassment and discrimination negatively affect educational outcomes and mental health of LGBTQ students, including lower GPAs, self-esteem, and educational aspirations.

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