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School Climate in Massachusetts

This report examines the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students in Massachusetts, using available data from GLSEN's 2011 National School Climate Survey. Its findings include:

  • The vast majority of LGBT students in Massachusetts regularly heard homophobic remarks, sexist remarks, and negative remarks about gender expression.
  • Most LGBT students in Massachusetts had been victimized at school. The majority of these incidents were not reported to adult authorities.
  • LGBT students in Massachusetts most often did not have access to in-school LGBT-specific resources and support.

About GLSEN's 2011 National School Climate Survey
GLSEN's biennial National School Climate Survey, first conducted by GLSEN in 1999, remains the only study to consistently document the school experiences of LGBT students nationwide. The 2011 survey includes responses from 8,584 students between the ages of 13 and 20. Students were from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and from 3,224 unique school districts. Data collection was conducted through national and community-based organizations and targeted online advertising on the social networking site Facebook.