The Bay Area Reporter
by Seth Hemmelgarn
October 12, 2017
LGBTQ youth in California say that they’re less connected with school, suffer academically, and are more frequently victimized than their straight peers, a new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found.
The report, “ LGBTQ Youth in California’s Public Schools: Differences across the State,” was released October 5, just in time for National Coming Out Day, which is October 11. The report is based on data from the 2013-2015 California Student Survey and California Healthy Kids Survey.
Bianca D.M. Wilson, the Williams Institute’s senior scholar of public policy, said in a news release, “Even in a state as supportive as California, where you live and go to school can make a significant difference in how successful and safe you feel at school. Policies and laws are an essential start, but they’re not enough. Establishing a culture of acceptance is critical to support individual lives.”