What can we do to help?
• Schools should oer a safe and respectful learning environment for everyone. When bullying is allowed to take
place, it aects everyone. The 2011 National School Climate survey recommends: 
• Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs). School clubs provide safe spaces and support networks for LGBT students. Students
who attended schools with GSAs reported fewer homophobic remarks, more intervention from school personnel
and a greater sense of connectedness.
• Supportive educators. LGBT Students who report having a greater number of supportive sta (six or more) had
• Comprehensive bullying/harassment policies and laws. Students reported that school sta intervened twice as
often in schools with comprehensive bullying/harassment policies.
Help end bullying at your school with the following actions:
• Be alert to signs of distress.
• Work with student councils to have programs on respect, school safety and anti-bullying.
• Ask school personnel to have a discussion at an assembly or an after-school activity about gay prejudice.
• Help start a Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) chapter at your local high school.
• Arrange for a group like GLSEN to present bullying prevention activities and programs at your school.
• Do encourage anyone who’s being bullied to tell a teacher, counselor, coach, nurse, or his or her parents or
guardians. If the bullying continues, report it yourself.
National Association of School Psychologists
Phone Number: (301) 657-0270
American Psychological Association
Phone Number: (202) 336-5500
Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists
Phone Number: (215) 222-2800
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
Phone Number: (212) 727-0135
Human Rights Campaign
Phone Number: (800) 777-4723
Human Rights Watch
Phone Number: (212) 290-4700
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
Phone Number: (800) 541-6922
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Phone Number: (202) 467-8180
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 IMPACT. (2010). Mental health disorders, psychological distress, and suicidality in a diverse sample of lesbian, gay,
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 CDC. (2011). Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Risk Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12:
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
 Kosciw, J. G., Greytak, E. A., Bartkiewicz, M. J., Boesen, M. J., & Palmer, N. A. (2012). The 2011
National School Climate Survey: The experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in our
nation’s schools. New York: GLSEN.