Nation’s Schools Unsafe for Many LGBTQ Secondary Students, GLSEN Report Fin

NEW: State Data on LGBTQ Students

Nation’s Schools Unsafe for Many LGBTQ Secondary Students, GLSEN Report Finds

State level data on school climate for 41 states and Puerto Rico released today

NATIONAL (January 9, 2019) – With many state legislatures back in session, GLSEN today released state-level data from its benchmark National School Climate Survey, which demonstrate that schools across the nation are not safe for most lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) middle and high school students. In addition, many LGBTQ students do not have access to important school resources, such as an LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum, and are not protected by supportive and inclusive school policies.

Today’s release includes data for 41 states as well as Puerto Rico. The release of state-specific data allows advocates, educators, administrators, and policymakers, among others, to evaluate school climate in their individual state. Comprehensive state snapshots for 41 states and Puerto Rico can be found at

These State Snapshots feature state-level data from GLSEN’s biennial National School Climate Survey. Begun in 1999, the survey is the only survey of its kind, documenting the experiences of LGBTQ youth in schools, including the extent of the challenges that they face and their access to the school-based resources that support their educational success and well-being. To access national-level infographics, an executive summary and the full GLSEN National School Climate Survey report, visit

Register for a free, live webinar today, January 9, at 4 p.m. EST, to learn more about state and local-level data on LGBTQ student experiences, including new research findings and ways to use the data for policy advocacy.

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About GLSEN:

GLSEN works to create safe and inclusive schools for all. We envision a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Each year, GLSEN programs and resources reach millions of students and educators in K-12 schools, via action at the national, state, and local level. Over nearly three decades of work, GLSEN has improved conditions for LGBTQ students across the United States and launched an international movement to address LGBTQ issues in education and promote respect for all in schools. Find more information on GLSEN’s policy advocacy, student leadership initiatives, school-based programs, research, and professional development for educators at