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LGBTQ+ youth in schools have consistently reported experiencing bullying and harassment in schools. Unfortunately, the 2021 National School Climate Survey proves that things have only gotten worse in recent years. That research also illustrates what works – including inclusive curriculum and films like Sally Rubin’s Mama Has a Mustache. 

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, November 17. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here

Article: More than 80 percent of LGBTQ students reported feeling unsafe at school last year: report

Source: Brooke Migdon

Author: The Hill

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Article: Chapman Filmmaker Sally Rubin Finds That Kids Say the Most Insightful Things About Family and Gender Identity

Source: Dennis Arp

Author:  Chapman University Newsroom

Questions for Discussion:

  1. There’s been a lot of conversation about the increase in acceptance for people who are LGBTQ+ among youth, and yet the new GLSEN School Climate Survey demonstrates that incidents of harassment of LGBTQ+ youth -- by their peers -- has increased since the last time the survey was done. What do you think is behind this?

  2. An especially unfortunate finding in the new School Climate Survey is the number of students who report that harassment came from educators and school personnel, and the number of school staff who intervened when they saw harassment was incredibly low. What factors do you think contributed to this finding? Were you surprised?

  3. While many of the findings of this year’s report were negative, they did provide a list of items to be addressed by parents and advocates seeking to create safe schools for all. What kinds of things do you think that you can do to help turn some of these numbers around? 

Bonus Resources: Check out “Trans Awareness Week: 33 trans people who’re loud, proud and making the world a better place” from Pink News by Lily Wakefield. 

About Our Guests:

Joseph Kosciw, Director, GLSEN Research Institute

Sally Rubin, Filmmaker, Mama Has a Mustache and to the conversation

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