In 2013, 56% of LGBT students reported experiencing discrimination related to their identities at school.1
Almost 6 out of 10 transgender students were forced to use a bathroom or locker room that did not accurately affirm their gender identity.2
Much of this discrimination is completely legal. Federal law currently bans discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, and national origin, but there are no protections for sexual orientation or for gender identity/expression. As of August 2015, 18 states and the District of Columbia have chosen to protect LGBT students from discrimination, but tens of thousands more students are left without the institutional protections that can make our schools safer, more affirming, and accountable for all students.
According to GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey, students who experienced LGBT-related discrimination were more than three times more likely to have missed school in the past month, had lower GPAs than their peers, and had lower self-esteem with higher levels of depressed compared with LGBT students who had not experienced discrimination. This trend is unacceptable and we are working on the district, state, and federal levels to change school climates.