The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, also known as GLSEN, produced a report in 2016 that highlighted the condition of LGBTQIA+ students in our public schools. They made the claim, “LGBTQ students face a distinct and daunting combination of forces chipping away at their connection to school, their will to persevere, and their ability to complete their studies.” GLSEN also stated that these students, “…are more vulnerable to the impact of discriminatory school policies and active discrimination on the part of some school faculty and staff.”
The Lavender Policy Center has the capacity to conduct research to determine the needs of the community at any given moment. Our collection methods take into consideration qualitative and quantitative data to develop treatments which seek to improve outcomes. In Connecticut, we have an opportunity to increase resources and support for our LGBTQIA+ students so they can achieve academic success in a hostile free environment.
To read GLSEN’s full report please click here.