8 tips for building an LGBT inclusive school

Joseph Williams

Friday, 15 February 2019

Positive environments are important to help all youth thrive. However, the health needs of LGBT+ youth can differ from their heterosexual peers.

The unfortunate reality is that few schools are successful in creating safe spaces for LGBT+ students. Recently, equality-focused charity Stonewall found that over 50% of LGBT+ students have been subject to bullying, first hand. Further to this a survey of LGBT+ students by GLSEN (pronounced "glisten"), globally found:

  • 6% of openly LGBT+ students reported being verbally harassed, 40.1% reported being physically harassed and 18.8% reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.

  • 7% of LGBT+ students reported being verbally harassed, 27.2% reported being physically harassed and 12.5% reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their gender expression.

  • 4% heard homophobic remarks, such as “gay”, “faggot” or “dyke,” frequently or often at school.

LGBT figures



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