GLSEN Releases Research Proving How Harmful "Don't Say Gay" Bills Are For Kids
Written by Instinct Staff |
Thursday, 26 April 2012
|Tags: glsen, don't say gay, missouri, tennessee, research, dangerous, lgbt, kids, schools, bullying, violence, suicide, curriculum|
It should be a no-brainer, but dumbasses in Tennessee and Missouri mistakenly believe that keeping any mention of LGBT-related issues out of schools will keep kids safer. New research released by GLSEN this week proves the exact opposite and shows just how dangerous "Don't Say Gay" legislation will be for children.
The study, Teaching Respect: LGBT Inclusive Curriculum and School Climate, unsurprisingly reveals that the more a school embraces LGBT education the less violence its students experience.
Key findings from GLSEN's Teaching Respect include:
- Half as likely to experience high levels of victimization because of sexual orientation (16.3% vs. 31.9%) or gender expression (16.0% vs. 30.4%).
- Less likely to feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation (42.1% vs. 63.6%) or gender expression (28.1% vs. 41.4%).
- About half as likely to miss school because of feeling unsafe or uncomfortable (17.1% vs. 31.6%).
Connectedness to Teachers
- More likely to feel comfortable talking to a teacher about LGBT-related issues (73.1% vs. 50.1%).
- More likely to have talked to a teacher about LGBT issues (79.9% vs. 64.1%).
- More likely to report that their classmates were accepting of LGBT people (61.2% vs. 37.3%).
- Less likely to hear homophobic remarks (e.g., "that's so gay") and negative comments about someone%92s gender expression.
- More likely to report that their peers usually intervene when hearing homophobic remarks (10.4% vs. 5.3%).
"Teaching Respect highlights how inclusive curriculum can positively affect students' experiences in school," said GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard. "We want every student in school to realize their full potential. By including LGBT people, history and events in school curriculum, educators ensure that all students feel welcome, safe and valued. GLSEN will continue to build on its leadership of providing educators with resources and support in order to ensure that LGBT students and their allies are able to succeed in school."