School Climate and HIV Risk for LGBTQ Youth
School Climate and HIV Risk
FACT: Many LGBTQ youth are at higher risk for HIV infection — particularly youth of color and transgender youth.
FACT: Schools are unsafe and unwelcoming for most LGBTQ students, which can have negative impacts on health and well-being.
LGBTQ students commonly experience bullying and harassment in their schools, and these experiences may be linked to coping behaviors that increase risk for HIV infection, including substance use and high-risk sexual behavior. If we can improve school climates, we may also reduce the HIV risk for many LGBTQ students.
That's why GLSEN and AIDS United developed Get the Facts: Improve School Climate to Increase LGBT Students’ Well-Being and Reduce HIV/AIDS Risk. Rooted in research and time-tested practices, Get the Facts outlines tangible ways educators can create and sustain safe, affirming and healthy learning environments for LGBTQ students.
FACT: You can improve the health and well-being of LGBTQ students in your school.
- Be a visible and supportive ally to LGBTQ students
- Ensure access to comprehensive sexuality education
- Support your school’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
- Implement comprehensive and LGBTQ-inclusive policies
Related GLSEN resources:
Unheard Voices: David Barr and the Early Days of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic