Ensure Schools are Creating Safe Environments for LGBTQ Students

Target: Betsy DeVos, United States Secretary of Education

Goal: Enact policies that ensure schools create safe and supportive environments for LGBTQ students.

Despite advancements in LGBTQ rights, nearly 100 percent of LGBTQ teenagers report feeling unsafe and anxious in their school environments. There is little to no support for LGBTQ students available. More must be done to ensure LGBTQ teens can go to school, learn, feel welcome, and feel safe.

Roughly 95 percent of LGBTQ teens aged 13 to 17 say anxiety keeps them from sleeping. A majority are afraid of showing their identities in school out of fear of alienation or even violence. Transgender teens report that schools are not allowing them to dress in clothes associated with the gender they identify as. They also report that schools are not allowing them to refer to themselves in the names of gender they identify as.

This lack of support is creating an unsafe environment that is stifling students, not helping them grow into strong, independent, and confident individuals. Sign the petition to demand that the U.S. Department of Education enact policies that support the creation of safe learning environments for LGBTQ students.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary DeVos,

Roughly 100 percent of LGBTQ teenagers report feeling so anxious about school that they cannot sleep. Transgender students are forbidden from expressing their identities. Students fear alienation and even violence just for being themselves. This overwhelming fear prevents students from obtaining the best education they can.

As Secretary of Education, it is your duty to ensure students have safe and welcoming environments where they can learn and be themselves. I demand your department take action to make schools safer for members of the LGBTQ community.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Don’r sign. What a stupidity this ones also. Is the blacks oh are always poor things, now we have the ones mental disturbed who want to be this and that. make sure schools are also safe for people who think they are princess and kings and batman and tax payers are need to pay for all who wants to be someone else…please get a job and go to work and pay your taxes.

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