Some of the key findings of the report include:
In schools with gay-straight alliances implemented three or more years ago:
- The odds of homophobic discrimination and suicidal thoughts were reduced by more than half among lesbian, gay, bisexual boys and girls compared to schools with no GSA.
- There were also significantly lower odds of sexual orientation discrimination for heterosexual boys and girls.
- Heterosexual boys were half as likely to attempt suicide as those in schools without GSAs.
In schools where anti-homophobic policies have been in place for more than three years:
- The odds of suicidal thoughts and attempts for gay and bisexual boys were more than 70 per cent lower. Suicide attempts among lesbian and bisexual girls were two-thirds lower.
- Heterosexual boys had 27 per cent lower odds of suicidal thoughts than heterosexual boys in schools without such policies.
For more about this study and the findings, we recommend reading Salon's "Study: High schools with gay-straight alliances have reduced risk of student suicide" and the University of British Columbia's "Gay-straight alliances in schools reduce suicide risk for all students." You can also read the report HERE or below.
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