NO BULLY SHOWS ITS SUPPORT FOR SPIRIT DAY 2019, RECOGNIZING LGBTQ YOUTH ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE BULLIED, ONLINE AND OFFLINE.
Spirit Day 2019 is here, and we’re so excited to see growing support and acceptance for LGBTQ youth in their communities and schools! Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and to feel safe in their learning environment. It’s because of these rights that we take this day to spread awareness of one of the most bullied groups in schools worldwide.
Despite the strides we have made in LGBTQ recognition and support, there is still a long way to go in reaching true equality. Some staggering statistics include:
- More than 1 in 3 students experience bullying on a regular basis.1
- Over 80% of LGBTQ students are verbally harassed because of their sexual orientation.2
- More than half of LGBTQ students experience online bullying.2
- Over 60% of these bullying cases go unreported due to the lack of support systems and belief in them.2
These numbers are why we need to continue to show support and recognize the importance of Spirit Day. It’s also why our No Bully school programs are important. We recognize that harassment due to gender and sexual orientation can be heavily ingrained in school culture. It’s why we work with schools to create a positive social vision for their students and offer advanced training for tackling the marginalization of diverse students.
We hope that you will stand with us in supporting Spirit Day and LGBTQ youth this Bullying Prevention Month. Donate below to support the school programs that will drive the cultural change we need or contact us if you have witnessed LGBTQ harassment at your school. We are here to stand up, listen, and take action!
1 Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children, UNICEF 2014
2 The 2011 National School Climate Survey, GLSEN