Give OUT to LGBTQ Youth in Schools
Help us reach our goal of raising $7,500 to support our work with
Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs in schools in Greater Phoenix.
We know from our research that GSAs positively affect the school experiences of LGBTQ students. Compared to LGBTQ students who did not have a GSA in their school, students who had a GSA in their school:
– Were less likely to hear “gay” used in a negative way often or frequently (59.3% compared to 77.1% of other students);
– Were less likely to hear homophobic remarks such as “fag” or “dyke” often or frequently (51.0% vs. 68.0%);
– Were less likely to hear negative remarks about gender expression and transgender people often or frequently (gender expression: 59.6% vs. 66.8%; transgender people: 35.9% vs. 46.0%);
– Were more likely to report that school personnel intervened when hearing homophobic remarks—20.6% vs. 12.0% said that staff intervene most of the time or always;
– Were less likely to feel unsafe because of their sexual orientation than those without a GSA;
– Experienced lower levels of victimization related to their sexual orientation and gender expression;
– Reported a greater number of supportive school staff and more accepting peers; and
– Felt more connected to their school community than students without a GSA.