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School Climate in Arizona

Findings from the GLSEN 2013 National School Climate Survey demonstrate that Arizona schools were not safe for most lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) secondary school students. In addition, many LGBT students in Arizona did not have access to important school resources, such as Gay-Straight Alliances, and were not protected by comprehensive anti-bullying/harassment school policies. 

Some of the findings of the 2013 National School Climate Survey included:

  • Nearly all heard “gay” used in a negative way (e.g., “that’s so gay”) and 9 in 10 heard other homophobic remarks (e.g., “fag” or “dyke”) at school regularly (i.e., sometimes, often, or frequently; see Figure 1).
  • More than 8 in 10 regularly heard other students in their school make negative remarks about how someone expressed their gender, such as comments about someone not acting “feminine” or “masculine” enough (see Figure 1).
  • More than half (56%) regularly heard negative remarks about transgender people (see Figure 1).
  • Students also heard anti-LGBT language from school staff. 22% regularly heard staff make negative remarks about someone’s gender expression, and 15% regularly heard school staff make homophobic remarks.