New York may have a reputation for being friendly to LGBT rights — the state legalized same-sex marriage in 2011 — but a majority of its LGBT middle and high school students have faced some form of harassment over their orientation.
A new report by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network found that 81% of LGBT students had been verbally harassed based on their sexual orientation, while 29% had experienced some form of physical harassment — and 13% had suffered full-blown physical assault in the form of punching, kicking, or being hurt with a weapon. These numbers are comparable to those GLSEN has found nationwide.
As for what would reduce these dispiriting numbers, GLSEN spokesperson Andy Marra says, “We encourage schools to support their gay-straight alliances,” which can “offer social support and work within their school community to make sure that schools are safer for everyone.” Clear anti-bullying policies that specifically prohibit harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity can also help. So can curriculums that include LBGT issues: “When a student sees LGBT issues being discussed in history,” says Marra, “or has access to LGBT-related content in libraries, it helps promote respect for everyone.”
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Sadly, this will continue to happen until children can be properly educated on tolerance and diversity. My heart breaks for people in this position because I was once there back in high school. I just want to tell each and every one of them that it DOES get better. The road is long and rough but there is light at the end of the tunnel :)
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