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.
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Selected State Snapshots from the 2011 National School Climate Survey
These snapshots examine the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students in selected states, using available data from GLSEN's 2011 National School Climate Survey.
New GLSEN Research Brief Examines LGBT Students in Middle and High School Athletics
This research brief examines the experiences of LGBT students in middle and high school athletics, using data from GLSEN's 2011 National School Climate Survey.
Strengths & Silences: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students in Rural and Small Town Schools
The report examines the experiences of more than 2,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) middle and high school students attending rural and small town schools across the US.
2011 National School Climate Survey: LGBT Youth Face Pervasive, But Decreasing Levels of Harassment
The survey of 8,584 middle and high school students conducted during 2011 found that 8 out of 10 LGBT students (81.9%) experienced harassment at school in the previous year.
Teaching Respect Finds Having an LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum Related to Improved School Climate for LGBT Youth
This brief examines the impact of curriculum that includes positive representations of LGBT people, history and events on the school experiences of LGBT students, using data from GLSEN's 2009 National School Climate Survey.
Playgrounds and Prejudice: Elementary School Climate in the United States
The report examines findings from surveys of 1,065 elementary school students and 1,099 teachers; finds bias is common in elementary schools and teachers often lack preparation to address homophobia, LGBT families and gender non-conforming youth.
Assessing Transgender Status in Surveys of Adolescents: A GLSEN Research Brief
The brief examines different approaches to identifying transgender youth in surveys, recommends a transgender status question that has been tested with adolescents, and highlights best practices for transgender-inclusive survey questions.
Year 1 Evaluation of the Respect for All Training Program
This report demonstrates the effectiveness of a district-wide educator training program (New York City Department of Education) on anti-LGBT bullying and harassment, and demonstrates how the competency of educators to address bias can be developed.
From Teasing to Torment: School Climate in America - A National Report on School Bullying
Survey Illustrates Severity of Problem, and Identifies Frequent Targets of Verbal and Physical Harassment
Harsh Realities Finds Transgender Youth Face Extreme Harassment in School
The report documents the school experiences of 295 transgender middle and high school students and finds that these students face extremely high levels of victimization, even more so than their non-transgender lesbian, gay and bisexual peers.
Shared Differences: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students of Color
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.
The Principal's Perspective: School Safety, Bullying and Harassment
Survey reveals that K-12 principals underestimate the harassment LGBT students experience in schools. Although principals report their schools engage in anti-bullying/harassment efforts, most do not specifically address school safety for LGBT students.
LGBT Parents Involved in, Excluded from K-12 Schools; Children Often Harassed
GLSEN Report Demonstrates Schools’ Lack of Support and Inclusion of LGBT Families
GLSEN Research Briefs
The Research Briefs are a series of short reports produced by the GLSEN Research Department on a range of current safer school and LGBT-related education issues with findings from both GLSEN research and other sources.
Local School Climate Survey
The Local School Climate Survey (LSCS) is a tool created by the Research Department to be used by educators and students to assess the climate of their local school communities.
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