Empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth: Lessons learned from a Safe Schools Summit
Abstract: The bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth in schools is a significant problem in the United States. This study examined responses of youth participants at a statewide Safe Schools Summit to a survey of their experiences with school-based violence, harassment, and discrimination, and of the effects of their attendance at the Summit. Quantitative analyses found that 92% of respondents felt “more empowered” following participation in the Summit. Qualitative analyses found several emerging themes related to respondents’ experiences with victimization (leading to a sense of powerlessness and attempts at self-protection) and to their experiences at the Summit itself (leading to catharsis, strengthened skills, and a commitment to confront bullies and to make schools safer). A conceptual model of the interaction of these factors is presented and implications for further research and practice are discussed.
Craig, S.L., Tucker, E.W., & Wagner, E.F. (2008). Empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth: Lessons learned from a Safe Schools Summit. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 20(3), 237-252. doi:10.1080/10538720802235310