Privatization, standardized tests, funding cuts, attacks on teachers’ unions and contracts—the issues that are central to teacher activism in the United States are international. In country after country, teachers and students are fighting for the same things.
New research has found that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth who attend middle or high schools with gay-straight alliance organizations (GSAs) have better mental health as young adults, are less likely to drop out of high school, and are more likely to attend college. The study, which was based on a Family Acceptance Project survey of LGBT young adults and published in a recent issue of Applied Developmental Science, also showed that the benefits of GSAs diminish as levels of LGBT school victimization increase. In other words, GSAs are an important piece of creating an LGBT-supportive school atmosphere, but can’t be the only piece.