Making schools in our nation safe for all youth, but particularly for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) young people, has long been among PFLAG's top priorities.
GLBT youth, or those perceived to be, face unspeakable harassment and abuse in schools and are too often effectively denied access to a safe and equal education opportunity. The school culture that fosters and sustains this hostile environment impacts all students negatively. The average high school student hears 25 anti-gay slurs daily. Ninety-seven percent of high school students regularly hear homophobic remarks. This harassment takes its toll: Gay students are far more likely to skip classes, drop out of school and/or commit suicide.
Safe schools also means inclusive schools. PFLAG has been a leader in the fight for educational programs and curricula that are inclusive of the concerns of GLBT students. Accurate, unbiased, and fair information about GLBT issues – from health to history – is key to creating a welcoming and supportive educational environment for all students.
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