Survey reveals surprising facts about LGBT students


The state of New York may have a comparatively liberal attitude towards its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents. But a new poll suggests that generally tolerant mindset may not extend to the state’s school system, the Huffington Post reports. The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) released its “School Climate in New York” report, which aims to provide a “snapshot” of the educational environment for LGBT students in New York state’s middle and high schools. The report, which looked at 2011 statistics, found that about nine out of 10 LGBT students polled said they regularly heard classmates make negative remarks about how someone expressed their gender, such as comments about someone not acting “feminine” or “masculine” enough. Meanwhile, one out of every five LGBT students said they were physically harassed, and about one in 10 said they had been physically assaulted, based on their sexual orientation…

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