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THE ISSUES

Education Equality

 

High School

  • 75.4% of LGBT high school students reported hearing discriminatory remarks at school
  • 18.6% of LGBT high school students reported hearing homophobic or transphobic remarks from staff
  • 74.2% of LGBT high school students reported feeling unsafe as school because of personal characteristics

 

Higher Education

“few college campuses are comprehensively prepared to meet the needs of transgender students” (KL Seelman 2014, 1)
Transgender students report “being questioned or thrown out of bathrooms…and being treated as an invisible population on campus”

 

SUMMARY

Despite a changing narrative for LGBTQ+ equality, public schools and universities continue to oppress queer and transgender students through hate speech, degradation, and lack of accessibility. In order to foster a positive learning environment, institutions must include queer identities in dialogue, education, and history. 

 

REFERENCES

GLSEN (2015). School Climate Survey. 

Seelman, K. L. (2014). Recommendations of Transgender Students, Staff, and Faculty in the

USA for Improving College Campuses. Gender & Education, 26(6), 618-635.