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Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Network and Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) - Research and Resources

GLSEN's Research Department supports the organization's mission by conducting original research, making evaluations of GLSEN programs and initiatives, and creating resources that document anti-LGBT bias in education (K-12 schools). The department also provides research-related technical assistance and tools designed to be used by educators and students in their own communities.

GSA Network can provide you with sample surveys and help you analyze the results. Contact us!

Implementing Lessons that Matter: The Impact of LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum on Student Safety, Well-Being, and Achievement
Source: GSA Network

Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right: Why Zero Tolerance is Not the Solution to Bullying
Source: GSA Network, Advancement Project, and Alliance for Educational Justice
This policy paper examines the surge of recent policy and legislative activity around bullying of LGBT and other youth, and find that policymakers and school officials have erroneously adopted zero-tolerance policies that rely on suspensions, expulsions, and arrests of alleged bullies. This punitive approach results in students being needlessly pushed out of school and placed onto a path into the criminal justice system coined the “school-to-prison pipeline.”
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Gay-Straight Alliances: Creating Safer Schools for LGBT Students and Their Allies
Source: GLSEN
This brief examines current research on GSAs and highlights major findings regarding school safety, access to education, academic achievement for LGBT students, and access to GSAs in school.
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Harsh Realities: The Experiences of Transgender Youth in Our Nation's Schools
Source: GLSEN
This report finds that transgender youth face extreme harassment in school.
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Shared Differences: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students of Color
Source: GLSEN
The report documents the experiences of over 2,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) middle and high school students of color who were African American or Black, Latino/a, Asian or Pacific Islander, Native American and multiracial.
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Involved, Invisible, Ignored: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Parents and Their Children in Our Nation’s K-12 Schools
Source: GLSEN
This report from GLSEN, in partnership with COLAGE and Family Equality Council, examines and highlights the school experiences of LGBT-headed families using results from surveys of LGBT parents of children in K-12 schools and of secondary students who have LGBT parents.
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Hatred in the Hallways: Violence and Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Students in U.S. Schools
In this report, Human Rights Watch documents attacks on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth who are subjected to abuse on a daily basis by their peers and in some cases by teachers and school administrators. These violations are compounded by the failure of federal, state, and local governments to enact laws providing students with express protection from discrimination and violence based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, effectively allowing school officials to ignore violations of these students rights.
Source: Human Rights Watch
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Just the Facts About Sexual Orientation & Youth: A Primer for Principals, Educators and School Personnel (Updated 2008 edition)
Developed and endorsed by the following organizations:

  1. American Academy of Pediatrics

  2. American Counseling Association

  3. American Association of School Administrators

  4. American Federation of Teachers

  5. American Psychological Association

  6. American School Health Association

  7. Interfaith Alliance Foundation

  8. National Association of School Psychologists

  9. National Association of Social Workers

  10. National Education Association

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Bullying in Schools: Harassment Puts Gay Youth at Risk
Source: Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association)
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Want more info?
Visit GLSEN’s research department to access numerous reports that document anti-LGBT bias in education (K-12 schools).

Educational Resources - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Listings

  1. American College Personnel Associations' Standing Committee on LGBT Awareness

  2. American University Conference on Lavender Languages and Linguistics
    note: "...explore any facet of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or queer language, linguistics, literature, non-verbal, communication, cinema, photography, visual art etc..."

  3. The Australian Centre for Lesbian and Gay Research. University of Sydney.
    note: sponsors conferences, lectures, seminars, research projects, and publications; publications may be ordered through the centre.

  4. Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. City University of New York

  5. Cetlalic: Centro Tlahuica de Lenguas e Intercambio Cultural. (Cuernevaca, Mexico)
    note: intensive study of Spanish language with experiential cultural learning and analysis of contemporary issues; numerous programs of interest to Gay Men and Lesbians.

  6. Delta Lambda Phi
    note: a national social fraternity for gay, bisexual and progressive men

  7. FinAid! Financial Aid for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Students.
    note: information on general, athletic, regional, campus-specific, and federal & state student aid

  8. Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. GLSEN (U.S.)
    note: formerly GLSTN, Gay, Lesbian and Straight Teachers Network

  9. Gill Foundation (U.S.)
    note: "funds organizations nationwide [U.S.] serving gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender individuals, and people living with HIV/AIDS"

  10. Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies. IGLSS.
    note: "a national independent public policy think tank," publishes Angles (its policy journal), reports, and IGLSS Abstracts

  11. The Lambda Foundation for Excellence. La Fondation Lambda pour L'excellence. (Canada)
    note: "funds scholarships for gay and lesbian studies at Canadian universities and colleges;" sponsors an annual awards event, Wilde about Sappho, at which various prominent GLBT authors read from their works

  12. League at AT & T Foundation. An Academic Scholarship Fund
    note: "academic scholarships to assist self-identified Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgendered Youth in attending college"

  13. National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education (U.S.)

  14. National Union of Jewish lgbt Students. NUJLS. (U.S.)!.html

  15. The Point Foundation
    note: "A scholarship lifeline for LGBT students...mentoring program for GLBT students..."

  16. Project 10
    note:"...dedicated to providing educational support services to LGBTQ youth who attend public school campuses"; info for students, administrators, and teachers; laws, policies, model trainings and resources

  17. Queer Peace International
    note: "education-based organization to facilitate learning, skills-building sessions and sharing of knowledge and resources so that LGBT groups around the world can become stronger and are on better ground for sustainable and permanent change."

  18. Safe Schools Coalition (United States, Canada, and Scotland)
    note: resources, hotlines, law & policy; sites especially for bisexual youth, transyouth, glbt youth with disabilities, children and youth with glbt parents; sites by state

  19. Sexual Minority Youth in the Heartland: Issues & Methods for Youth-Serving Professionals. (Indiana University)
    note: July 19-21, 2002; conference for teachers, counselors, principals, social workers, mental health professionals, nurses, correctional officers, youth group leaders

  20. The Steven J. Schochet Center for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Studies. University of Minnesota

  21. Uncommon Legacy Foundation (U.S.)
    note: offers scholarships and grants; "...a nonprofit foundation dedicated to enhancing the visibility, strength and vitality of the lesbian community...;" site includes list of previous recipients, mostly in education, civil rights and health, but also culture.

  22. University of Minnesota. GLBT Studies.

  23. University of Toronto Sexual Education & Peer Counseling Centre.
    note: basic information on glbt experiences, coming out, & homophobia


Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) - Recommendations for Enhancing the Climate for LGBT Students and Employees in Health Professional Schools

It is with great pleasure that GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality provides this unique white paper, “Recommendations for Enhancing the Climate for LGBT Students & Employees in Health Professional Schools.”  We are confident that these climate recommendations, together with the accompanying bibliography, will be useful for all involved in health professional education, which will play a critical role in achieving equity for LGBT patients and health professionals alike.

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Network - Make It Better Project

GSA Network launched the Make It Better Project on October 1st, 2010 to give youth and adults the concrete tools they need to make schools safer for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students right now. Through our YouTube channel, social media, and the campaigns, initiatives, and resources available on this website, the Make It Better Project aims to educate, motivate, and unite students and adults to effectively take action to stop bullying and harassment in schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity....

Teaching Tolerance Documentary Film: Bullied

Bullied is a documentary film that chronicles one student’s ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today. It can become a cornerstone of anti-bullying efforts in middle and high schools. Bullied is designed to help administrators, teachers and counselors create a safer school environment for all students, not just those who are gay and lesbian. It is also intended to help all students understand the terrible toll bullying can take on its victims, and to encourage students to stand up for their classmates who are being harassed....

Critical Multicultural Pavilion for Education Transformation

The purpose of Multicultural Pavilion (MCP) is to facilitate dialogue and the exchange of resources among educators, students, and activists dedicated to multicultural education, educational equity, and social justice....

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - LGBT Youth & Schools Work

ACLU is working to make public schools safe and bias-free for LGBT students, defending their free speech in school, and working to help students start gay-straight alliance clubs. Check out our information for students, parents, teachers, and administrators...

Friends of Project 10 Nondiscrimination and Equality for LGBTQ Youth

Friends of Project 10 Inc. is a youth-focused nonprofit organization that supports programs, both in and out of school, which emphasize nondiscrimination and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. The organization produces positive and affirming LGBT youth events, conducts trainings and workshops for school personnel and community groups on LGBT youth issues, and promotes anti-harassment and non-discrimination school policies. Friends of Project 10 Inc. works to assure that public schools (and schools receiving public funding) are in compliance with state and federal laws regarding sexual orientation and gender identity....

Youth Guardian Services (YGS) Youth Support Listing

Since its founding in 1978, the Queer Caucus has worked to eradicate the legal, political, and social oppression of LGBTQ people, and to provide an affirming, supportive base for students of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. This mission is complimented by our commitment to intersectional work and coalition building with a broad spectrum of other student organizations and journals on campus.....

CREGS - Center for Research & Education on Gender & Sexuality

Based at San Francisco State University, CREGS mission is to produce and disseminate knowledge and resources that address the impact of gender on health and well-being, promote healthy sexuality, and reduce sexual and reproductive health disparities.

Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education Network (GLSEN)

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community. We welcome any and all individuals as members, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or occupation, who are committed to seeing this philosophy realized in K-12 schools.....

Diversity & Democracy Civic Learning for Shared Futures

Higher education has made great strides in LGBT inclusiveness, with many campuses instituting gender-neutral housing and bathrooms, LGBT history month and programming, and other initiatives that create learning environments that are more welcoming of LGBT students and studies. Nonetheless, as Rankin et al. (2010) found in their recent multicampus climate assessment, LGBT respondents experience significantly greater harassment and discrimination than their heterosexual counterparts, and are more likely to find their institutions' responses to incidents of bias inadequate....

California Safe Schools Coalition - Model Programs

The CA Safe Schools Coalition is proud of our research briefs documenting issues of school safety for students in California schools and steps schools can take to improve school safety for all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) students... Click here to read the briefs.

Understanding Prejudice Educational Resources was established in 2002 with funding from the National Science Foundation (Grant Number 9950517) and McGraw-Hill Higher Education. The purpose of the site is to offer educational resources and information on prejudice, discrimination, multiculturalism, and diversity, with the ultimate goal of reducing the level of intolerance and bias in contemporary society.

Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Professionals

Welcome to the Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Professionals! The combined vision and mission of the Consortium is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect. Our goals are to support colleagues and develop curriculum to professionally enhance this work; to seek climate improvement on campuses; and to advocate for policy change, program development, and establishment of LGBT Office/Centers....

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - LGBT Youth & Schools Work

Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools - at home and all over the world - become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation....

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - LGBT Youth & Schools Work

The Queer Studies Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association was formed for the specific purpose of encouraging empirical, interpretive, and critical educational research in education that considers an interdisciplinary discourse including queer theory, queer students and educators, curriculum and sexuality, issues of intersectionality, and other vital issues. In addition, the Queer Studies SIG intends to network individuals and organizations conducting or supporting such research....

Youth Guardian Services (YGS) Youth Support Listing

The premise for the YOUTH lists is to establish an outlet for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and straight supportive youth ages 25 and under to talk with each other concerning such issues as coming out, schools, parents, friends, relationships, and other gay-related and non-gay-related youth issues.....

Think Before You Speak - LGBTQIA Sensitivity Campaign for Parents, Educators and Coaches

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens experience homophobic remarks and harassment throughout the school day, creating an atmosphere where they feel disrespected, unwanted and unsafe...
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