About this Project
This project examined the differences and similarities of school experiences and other characteristics of LGBTQ youth and non-LGBTQ youth in public middle and high schools in California. Differences among LGBTQ youth and non-LGBTQ youth within six regions and rural/urban areas of the state were also assessed. To find the full report, click HERE.
About the Data
Analysis below was conducted using the 2013-2015 biennial state-wide California Student Survey (CSS). This data is representative of California’s public middle and high school (7th, 9th, and 11th grade) student population.
SCHOOL EXPERIENCE OUTCOMES BY LGBTQ AND NON-LGBTQ YOUTH IN CALIFORNIA
LGBTQ youth experienced lower levels of school connectedness and meaningful participation at school compared to non-LGBTQ youth. They also reported worse grades and more school absences than their non-LGBTQ classmates, and experienced higher rates of school victimization than non-LGBTQ youth. When asked whether they felt school was safe, LGBTQ youth reported feeling less safe than their non-LGBTQ peers.