October is LBGTQ History Month.Negative attitudes toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students puts them at an increased risk for violence and bullying. Negative attitudes also impact a student's ability to learn at school. Get the facts on the challenges facing LGBT students here.
We have created information and resources on the unique challenges LGBTQ children face and ways PTAs can better support LGBTQ families in achieving student success.
How Your PTA Can Better Support LBGTQ Children
- Read our PTA One Voice Blog for PTA success stories and additional resources. You can also share your blog! We want to hear local and state PTA success stories on supporting children with special needs and how you promote an environment that is welcoming to all children and parents. Use our blog share tool to tell us your story.
- Share the Parents' Guides to Student Success. These standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade level in order to be prepared for college and career.
About LGBTQ Children and Families
- US Department of Education release Civil Rights Statement discussing a school environment that is free from sex discrimination.
- 61% of LGBT students were more likely than their non-LGBT peers to feel unsafe or uncomfortable as a result of their sexual orientation.
- 11-30% of gay and lesbian students and 12-25% of bisexual students missed at least one day of school because of safety concerns.
- 12-28% of LGBT students were threatened or injured on school property from 2001-2009, according to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey
- National PTA’s Proposed Resolution on the recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Individuals as a Protected Class
View our infographic for a visual snapshot of LBGTQ Month
What Support Groups Can Do
Students in schools with support groups are 2x more likely to say they have teachers at school who make supportive remarks about lesbian and gay people.
Being part of an LGBTQ provides students with a sense of community and helps them grow emotionally.