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Chapter III Introduction The bulk of experiences that LGBTQ+ youth encounter today within school environments are often not great ones. As evident in the research before, students who identify as LGBTQ+ are more likely to be targets of bullying, to be reprimanded or disciplined at higher rates than their heteronormative peers, to have lower attendance, to drop out of school completely, and are more likely to have experienced harassment or assault based on their orientation or gender expression. The fact remains that teachers and faculty play a large role in the experiences shared by LGBTQ+ youth. While the population of “out” teens continue to rise as society as a whole becomes more open and welcoming, it’s important that schools reflect these societal changes within their own small communities. It is my hope to come to a better understanding of the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth in my own school while also developing staff training to help teachers better support these at risk students. To accomplish this, I will be disseminating the Gay Lesbian Student Education Network (GLSEN) School Climate Survey to students to take anonymously through English and Art classes as well as the school’s GSA chapter at the beginning of the school year. Staff will be asked to participate anonymously in the survey as well. The survey will run through September and October to obtain as much data as possible. I will also be interviewing students who feel comfortable enough to talk personally about their experiences as a LGBTQ+ youth to gain a better understanding of the types of discrimination they experience based on their orientation and/or gender identity. Once both quantitative and qualitative data is collected at the end of
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