With most state legislatures back in session, GLSEN released, on Wednesday, state-level data from its benchmark 2017 National School Climate Survey, which demonstrate that schools across the nation are not safe for most lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) middle and high school students.


The report further shows many LGBTQ students do not have access to important school resources, such as an LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum, and are not protected by supportive and inclusive school policies.


Wednesday’s release includes data for 41 states (including Illinois and Missouri) and Puerto Rico. The release of state-specific data allows advocates, educators, administrators, and policymakers, among others, to evaluate school climate in their individual state.


Comprehensive state snapshots for the 41 states and Puerto Rico can be found at www.glsen.org/statesnapshots.


Started in 1999, GLSEN's biennial National School Climate Survey is the only report of its kind, documenting the experiences of LGBTQ youth in schools, including the extent of the challenges that they face and their access to the school-based resources that support their educational success and well-being.


National-level infographics, an executive summary and the full GLSEN National School Climate Survey report, can be found here: www.glsen.org/nscs.



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