Survey: California’s LGBT Students Feel Unsafe
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Aired 3/26/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Colin Pearce, GLSEN, SD chapter (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)
David Lyons, Jump-Start Adult Coordinator, GLSEN San Diego
Joey, San Diego high school student
The climate of acceptance is changing for LGBT students in California's High schools and middle schools....but it's not changing fast enough. In a recent survey, the Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network, (GLSEN) finds LGBT students in California are facing high levels of harassment based on their sexual orientation or gender expression and are regularly hearing anti-gay slurs from students and staff.
What type of grade would San Diego county schools receive? Colin Pearce with the San Diego chapter of GLSEN says while schools have anti-bullying policies in place he would still give them an "incomplete." He tells KPBS the programs and resources in place need to be part of the core curriculum, not separate from it.
Joey, a 15-year-old San Diego high school student who is gay, says he was upset after hearing students in the locker room use anti-gay slurs. But, he says, it was more upsetting when teachers did nothing to stop it. The teen now heads the GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) at his school helping other LGBT students feel empowered.