Since then, thousands of people have uploaded videos promising a better future for lesbian and gay youth, including the President of the United States. Future studies are needed to provide in-depth understandings of the processes that underlie involvement in these activities and positive development for LGBQ youth. School support groups, other school factors, and the safety of sexual minority adolescents. The positive associations between GSA presence and school belongingness and GPA, though less novel, are still beneficial in adding to the literature that documents the protective nature of these organizations. Social justice, organizing, and youth development. School climate revisited, a survey of U.
Go back and try again. Acknowledgments The authors acknowledge the California Safe Schools Coalition for their support of the project, and would like to thank Noel Card and Lynne Borden for their suggestions on an earlier draft of this article. For instance, the links among engagement in GSA-related social justice activities e. Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances GSAs to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training. Based on these and prior findings, school administrators should consider the loss of a GSA, or student drop-out from GSAs, as a significant concern regarding school climate, student engagement, and success. Researching lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth
Research methods in psychology. Contacts and Additional Resources. The Network provides students with numerous resources to aid them in the success of their clubs, including an online GSA registry and discussion board, legal artillery for clubs that are banned or pressured to disband, leadership training and an annual gathering of student leaders. A comprehensive review and future directions. We work to create and maintain an open, safe, and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, and queer students at Penn State University.
We sponsor educational workshops, disseminate research and materials on LGBT health issues, hold networking and social events, and participate in service projects geared towards the LGBT community. Several limitations have to do with the nature of the sample. There is now consistent and strong evidence that such policies improve not only student mental health but the general school climate for safety and learning Russell et al, GSAs are also social groups. For example, research has shown that in schools with LGB support groups such as gay-straight alliances , LGB students were less likely to experience threats of violence, miss school because they felt unsafe, or attempt suicide than those students in schools without LGB support groups. The effect of negative school climate on academic outcomes for LGBT youth and the role of in-school supports.