Kitsap Safe Schools Network

Because nobody should be scared at school ~
straight, gay, whatever


WORKSHOPS & GSA SUPPORT
VIDEOS & CURRICULA
POSTERS & STICKERS

The Kitsap Safe Schools Network is a growing partnership of community groups, agencies, churches, youth groups, parents and individuals working together to protect every child from the torment of bullying, including bullying based on perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.
CLASSROOM PRESENTATIONS & MATERIALS If you need a classroom presentation, curricula, videos, books, and posters that teach students and staff about GLBTQ issues in age-appropriate ways, contact us!
TRAINING — If you or your staff want help making your school climate more respectful toward sexual minority students, if you want to organize a bullying workshop, contact us!
GSA SUPPORT — We can provide materials and financial support for GSA activities.  If you don't have a Gay Straight Alliance at your school, we can help get one started.
YOUTH EVENTS SUPPORT — We sponsor and provide financial support for youth events for which LGBTQ youth provide leadership, such as the Kitsap Youth Rally for Human Rights and the Pink Prom.
COUNSELING — We help fund counseling for students and their families with respected community therapists.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION — We have research findings and reports to share with colleagues and parents.

Kitsap Safe Schools
Intervention

Recent Research on 
Anti-Gay Bullying

If you, your child or your students are having a problem with anti-gay bullying at school and you want help solving the problem, contact us!

WHAT IS AN INTERVENTION?
It is a way for a student, parent or educator to get help with anti-gay bullying or harassment. A trained volunteer will help you decide what to do next. If you need it, we will
  • meet with your principal
  • meet with your parents
  • review your school’s policies
  • provide training for your school
  • find other resources to support you 

Your wishes and safety are our only concern, and will guide any intervention.

U.S. middle and high schools remain hostile environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students, according to GLSEN’s 2015 National School Climate Survey. However, the report, which documents school climate, its effects on student outcomes and the availability and benefits of school-based supports for LGBTQ students, also shows significant signs of improvement in these areas since 2001.

“This research provides further evidence for the positive effect of school-based supports – comprehensive anti-bullying policies, Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs), supportive educators and LGBT-inclusive curriculum – on LGBTQ students’ experiences with harassment and discrimination and, ultimately, their educational outcomes,” said Dr. Joseph Kosciw, GLSEN’s Chief Research & Strategy Officer. “Although many LGBTQ students still experience harassment and discrimination, these supports can be vital for transforming school climates and helping all students thrive.”

The biennial report, which began in 1999, includes a sample of 10,528 secondary students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report shows:

Most LGBTQ students have experienced harassment and discrimination at school. Over eight in 10 (85 percent) experienced verbal harassment based on a personal characteristic, and nearly two thirds (66 percent) experienced LGBTQ-related discrimination at school. Due to feeling unsafe or uncomfortable, nearly a third (32 percent) of LGBTQ students missed at least one day of school in the last month, and over a third avoided bathrooms (39 percent) and locker rooms (38 percent).

Hostile school climates negatively affect LGBTQ students’ educational outcomes and mental health. LGBTQ students who experienced high levels of anti-LGBTQ victimization were twice as likely to report they do not plan to pursue post-secondary education. Also, LGBTQ students who experienced high levels of anti-LGBTQ victimization and discrimination had lower GPAs, lower self-esteem and higher levels of depression.

The majority of LGBTQ students report hearing biased remarks from school staff, and school staff often fail to intervene when they hear these remarks at school. Most LGBTQ students report that they’ve heard homophobic remarks (56 percent) and negative remarks about gender expression (64 percent) from school staff. There was also a decrease in school staff's frequency of intervention in these types of remarks from 2013 to 2015.

School-based supports, often still lacking but generally growing in availability, have a positive effect on school climate. LGBTQ students in schools with a GSA or a comprehensive anti-bullying policy experienced lower levels of anti-LGBTQ victimization. Also, LGBTQ students with an LGBT-inclusive curriculum were more likely to report that their classmates were somewhat or very accepting of LGBTQ students (76 percent vs. 42 percent). However, though it was the highest percentage ever recorded, only 22 percent of LGBTQ students were taught positive representations of LGBT topics in their classes.

School climates are slowly improving for LGBTQ students. LGBTQ students reported a decrease in homophobic remarks compared to all prior years. The incidence of harassment and assault related to sexual orientation was also lower than in all prior years. Changes in harassment and assault based on gender expression were similar to those for sexual orientation.

More results at www.glsen.org


Funding from community donations, the Pam Foster & Liz Austin Fund, and the Pride Foundation supports our work.