A new report on the measurable effects of Gay-Straight Alliances at public high schools has just been released by GLSEN. The numbers were compiled from several other studies conducted over the last few years. some of the interesting facts are:
- Students in schools with GSAs are less likely to hear homophobic remarks in school on a daily basis than students in schools without a GSA (57% compared to 75%).
- Sexual minority youth in Massachusetts schools with GSA's were half as likely as those in schools without a GSA to report experiencing dating violence, being threatened or injured at school, or missing school because they were afraid to go.
- Students in schools with GSAs or similar student clubs are two times more likely than students without such clubs to say they hear teachers at their school make supportive or positive remarks about lesbian and gay people (24% compared to 12%).
- In a national survey of secondary school students, less than one quarter (22%) of all LGBT and non- LGBT students report that their school has a GSA or another type of student club that addresses LGBT students’ issues.