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Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:03 AM

LGBT Students in Rural Areas Face Heightened Victimization

Full Title: LGBT Students in Rural Areas Face Heightened Victimization, Have Less Accessibility to Support, According to GLSEN Study Strengths and Silences

from GLSEN.org

Rural lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students feel less safe, face heightened victimization and have fewer supportive resources than LGBT students in suburban and urban areas, according to Strengths and Silences: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students in Rural and Small Town Schools, a new study released today by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN). The report documents the experiences of more than 2,300 LGBT secondary students who attend schools in rural areas, using data collected from GLSEN's 2011 National School Climate Survey.

"Strengths and Silences is the first in-depth look at the significant challenges faced by LGBT students in rural areas and small towns," said GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard. "These students are frequently the most isolated - both physically and in terms of access to critical resources and support - and our findings require us to both honor their resilience and respond to their needs."

Strengths and Silences reveals heightened incidents of student victimization based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in rural schools compared to suburban or urban schools. Findings also indicated that an unsafe school climate for LGBT students contributes to poorer grade point averages (GPAs), absenteeism and lowered aspirations to pursue post-secondary education.

"As bad as bullying can be at all schools, it seems to be amplified in the South and magnified in rural communities," said Morgan Yeager, a high school freshman from Portland, Tennessee. "It still seems impossible for me to be openly transgender. I am fearful of the responses I will get from the people in my school community. But GLSEN has given me the materials and strength to work for change in my community."

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Response to The Philosopher (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:52 AM

1. And that's why so many of us head for the coasts

As soon as we are able.

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Response to The Philosopher (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:58 PM

2. Has always been true.

Why, as xchrom states, so many of us flee to the densely-populated coasts and the bigger cities.

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Response to The Philosopher (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:10 AM

3. I got out of the rural town I grew up in as soon as I could

Have been a city boy ever since.

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