Supporting LGBTQ Youth of Color

LGBTQ Youth of Color Face Racism, Homophobia, and Transphobia in Schools. School Supports Can Make a Difference

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Schools nationwide are often hostile environments for LGBTQ youth of color, where they experience racism, homophobia, and transphobia. In addition, many LGBTQ do not have access to in-school resources that may improve school climate and students’ experiences, including GSAs, ethnic/cultural clubs, supportive educators, and inclusive curriculum.

Below, you will find our collection of research reports exploring the experiences of AAPI, Black, Latinx, and Native & Indigenous LGBTQ youth. You will also find a collection of blogs from students, educators, and advocates highlighting how to support this population of students.

Erasure and Resilience

Erasure and Resilience: The Experiences of LGBTQ Students of Color is a series of four research reports that examines the school experiences of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI), Black, Latinx, and Native and Indigenous LGBTQ youth. These reports were developed by the GLSEN Research Institute, in partnership with the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), Unidos US, Hispanic Federation, and the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY).

Each report includes information on the experiences of LGBTQ students of color in middle and high school, examining indicators of negative school climate as well as supports and resources, including:

  • Feelings of safety at school regarding personal characteristics
  • Experiences of racist and anti-LGBTQ harassment and assault from peers
  • Effects of a hostile school climate on educational outcomes and psychological well-being
  • Reporting harassment and assault to school staff and family members, and these adults' responses
  • Experiences of school disciplinary action
  • School resources and supports, including student clubs, supportive educators, and inclusive curriculum

Access each report and related resources at the links below:

Erasure and Resilience: Black Report Erasure and Resilience: Latinx Report
Erasure and Resilience: Native American Report Erasure and Resilience: AAPI Report