Safe Schools & Youth: A PFLAG Priority
     

PFLAG makes schools safer in ways nobody else can. As families, our voices carry tremendous weight in schools. Because PFLAG is in over 500 communities in the nation, our work is localized, reaching some of the smallest schools in rural America.

In 2000, PFLAG launched its multi-year From Our House to the Schoolhouse safe schools campaign because we recognize that schools are "ground zero" in our efforts to stop homophobia in the classroom and create safe learning environments for all students.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) youth, those perceived to be, and even children of GLBT parents, 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 negatively impacts all students.

According to a 2005 survey, nearly two-thirds of GLBT students report being verbally harassed because of their sexual orientation. About half are harassed because of their gender expression, and nearly 20 percent hear homophobic remarks from staff.

This harassment takes its toll: GLBT students are five times more likely to skip school than the general population. They are also more likely to drop out, suffer from depression or attempt suicide.

This section of the PFLAG website will provide you with tools to learn more about the issues, take action, get assistance from PFLAG, and much more. If you’d like to learn more about any of these topics or get information on how to become a member of PFLAG’s Safe Schools listserv, please contact Senior Safe Schools Coordinator, Suzanne Greenfield by e-mailing sgreenfield@pflag.org.