Charlotte, NC
Informing and Connecting Engaged Citizens
April 28, 2016
LGBTQ Students Continue to Suffer in School
North Carolina’s recent HB2 legislation has raised awareness of the struggles faced by the state and nation’s LGBTQ students. Emily Greytak, research director at the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network collects data about the school experiences of LGBTQ students. LGBTQ students are more likely to suffer from depression and self-esteem, struggle with grades, skip school, and be victims of abuse. Almost 40% of students experienced harassment and 16% reported assaults which occurred while at school. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, LGBTQ youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide and the numbers are even higher for transgender youths.
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