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Experiences of LGBTQ Youth Online


Cover of Report: Midnight blue background, topped with GLSEN's name and "Out Online," the title of the report, followed by a chalkboard drawing of various icons related to youth online atop an outline of a laptop.

Out Online: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth on the Internet examines the online experiences of LGBTQ students in 6-12th grade. LGBTQ youth experience nearly three times as much bullying and harassment online as non-LGBTQ youth, but also find greater peer support, access to health information and opportunities to be civically engaged.

A webinar on findings from this report is available to view in our Webinars & Media section.





  • Use data to highlight the online experiences of LGBTQ students.
  • Use data in presentations/workshops, especially when speaking about wrap around approaches to supporting LGBTQ students.
  • Use data in advocacy efforts to make sure that school and district search firewalls are also allowing access to supportive websites such as GLSEN.
  • Use the research and recommendations to support logic modeling Chapter programming.