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CAACURH acknowledges the violence and hate to individuals who may identify with LGBTQIA+.  We hope by educating individuals on the hate, violence, and difficulties that individuals face in this identity network to bring a stop to this upsetting sequence of events.

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THE ISSUES

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LGBTQ youth are more likely to be assaulted and violent as a result of negative attitudes. LGBTQ youth are at a higher risk of victimization and the long-term negative consequences that come with it in communities and schools where they are not supported. Every year, one out of every three LGBTQ adolescents in America is bullied on school grounds. When compared to heterosexual students, LGBTQ kids are twice as likely to be physically assaulted, kicked, or shoved at school.

Extreme violence against LGBTQ youth is on the rise, with many incidents taking place on school grounds. When compared to heterosexual students, LGBTQ students are twice as likely to be threatened or attacked with a weapon on school grounds. Hate crimes are very common on school premises, accounting for nearly 10% of all hate crimes. Simply put, LGBTQ youth do not feel welcome in our communities.

These acts of violence contribute to a climate in which all LGBTQ students feel uncomfortable at school. Six out of ten LGBTQ students report feeling uncomfortable at school as a result of their sexual orientation. Four out of ten LGBTQ students are concerned about their gender identity. LGBTQ students not only feel unsafe on campus, but their academic performance may suffer as a result. When compared to heterosexual students, LGBTQ students are 170 percent more likely to miss at least one day each month due to safety concerns. Missing class due to safety concerns puts LGBTQ students at a disadvantage, and it can put LGBTQ students under additional stress in order to keep up with their peers. It is vital that schools maintain the safety of all kids and establish a positive learning environment.

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THE EFFECTS

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Increased harassment, violence, and assault against LGBTQ youth have long-term consequences and have been linked to a number of worrying discrepancies. LGBTQ adolescents with a higher amount of victimization based on their sexual orientation or gender identity had worse self-esteem, a weaker sense of belonging at school, and were more depressed. In addition, LGBTQ students who were harassed were three times more likely to leave school in the previous month and had poorer GPAs on average than LGBTQ students who were not harassed. LGBTQ kids who experience higher levels of victimization are also twice as likely not to plan on continuing their education after high school. It is vital that school administrators take steps to ensure that these pupils receive appropriate and effective support in order to help reduce the effects of their disabilities.

More than half of LGBTQ students did not report bullying or violence to school officials. The most prevalent reasons mentioned were worry about the success of the intervention or a fear that it might get worse if it was revealed. They are not mistaken in their skepticism about school intervention. Over 60% of LGBTQ students who reported harassment or assault to school officials indicated that school officials did nothing or instructed the student to ignore it. It is critical that every student who is a victim of any kind of violence receives appropriate support, as well as interventions to address those who encourage the violence. Schools around the country are involved in creating a climate where violence against LGBTQ students is tolerated. This tolerance for violence can be traced back to a number of factors.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES