October 20 is Spirit Day. It’s an opportunity to shine a light on and start conversations about LGBT bullying. Wear purple, spread the word among your friends, and speak up when you see bullying.

How can you participate?

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Just how extensive is the bullying?

  • 74.1% of LGBTQ students were verbally harassed in the past year because of their sexual orientation and 55.2% because of their gender expression
  • 56.7% of LGBTQ students did not report experiences of bullying because they doubted an intervention
  • 61.6% of LGBTQ students who reported bullying said school staff did nothing

What’s the cumulative effect of the bullying? LGBTQ students who reported gender or sexuality-based discrimination at school

  •  were more than three times as likely to have missed school in the past month
  • had lower GPAs
  • had higher levels of depression

Source: GLSEN National School Climate Survey

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