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Why Relationship Centered Schools Matter For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer / Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students

In 2014, Californians for Justice asked 2000 students and 65 education leaders: “What do students need to be prepared for college, careers, and community life?” Relationships between students and staff emerged as the key to success.

In January 2018, we held a focus group with Californians for Justice student leaders who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer (LGBQ) and/or Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) about their school experiences, needs, and solutions offered by Relationship Centered Schools. This brief highlights their voices in relationship with relevant studies. We found that Relationship Centered Schools are critical for LGBQ, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) students, who experience hostile school climates that include harassment from peers, lack of staff capacity for support, and discriminatory policies and practices.

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