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This new report gives a damning verdict on the ability of state-run schools to protect LGBT children

Ben Dilks December 17, 2016
School children

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A new report claims many state-run schools in the US are failing to protect vulnerable LGBT students.

The research, carried out by Human Rights Watch, argues that there is “a lack of policies and practices that affirm and support LGBT youth – and a failure to implement protections that do exist”.

The report claims the current situation leaves students nationwide facing bullying, exclusion and discrimination, putting them at physical and psychological risk and limiting their education.

It highlights in particular how eight states still have laws in place that restrict teachers and staff from talking about LGBT issues at school.

The organisation calls for such legislation to be scrapped and says states should enact laws that “protect students and staff from bullying and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity”.

The research also suggests schools “ensure that policies, curricula, and resources explicitly include LGBT people”.

The findings of the study are based on interviews with over 500 students, teachers, administrators, parents, service providers, and advocates.

Earlier this year, Human Rights Watch published a series of recommendations on how to improve the situation for LGBT pupils at schools in Japan. The report found that schools in Japan tend to prioritise “harmony” over the happiness of students and teachers.

More: bullying, Children, school, US

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