All students, including gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (LGBTQ) have the right to attend school free of fear. You may think that your school provides this safe haven, however, in many situations we have found that anti-gay remarks are ignored, sometimes even by teachers and other school professionals from the early grades through high school. When this happens, all students get the message that gays are not protected. In such a hostile environment, verbal abuse can quickly lead to physical attacks on students who are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered.
Without adult support, LGBTQ students live in fear and find it difficult, if not impossible, to concentrate on learning. They are more likely to underachieve, drop out of school, and abuse alcohol and drugs. The statistics are staggering: 80 percent of gay and lesbian youth are victims of verbal abuse and two-thirds have been threatened with or injured by a weapon. Gay teens are up to six times more likely to attempt suicide. Thirty percent of them succeed.
But something can be done, and PFLAG York wants to help.
To learn more and/or to find out how we can help you, please feel free to Contact Us.
Site last updated: 1/28/2015