The Classroom is a website dedicated to pushing for better education in schools around LGBT issues. The website works to put a stop gender related, transphobic, and prejudicial bullying in school and believe these topics need to be discussed in the classroom.
In order to establish the extent that trans people experience bullying and poor behaviour, the classroom carried out some research. They give this information about Trans people in schools:
- 73% of respondents experienced harassment
- 47% of trans people do not use public social leisure facilities for fear of discriminatory treatment
- 64% of young trans men and 44% of young trans women experience harassment and bullying at school from both pupils and school staff
- Many trans people leave school early, but 34% obtain a degree or higher degree
- 45% of respondents reported family breakdown due to their cross gender identity
- 37% are excluded from family events and have family members who no longer speak to them because they have transitioned to their acquired gender
- 20% of respondents felt informally excluded from their local community and neighbourhood since their transition
Youth Chances research is carried out by the Metro and looks at LGBT young people’s lives. In terms of trans experience the report states that:
- Trans respondents who are connected to a transition process report slightly worse general and mental health
- In terms of mental health, 54% of trans respondents have sought medical help for depression or anxiety and 72% have self-harmed now or in the past. This compares to 42% and 52% of the LGBQ+ sample and 29% and 35% of the hetero sexual non-trans sample respectively
- 40 % of trans respondents accessing general health services (GP’s and hospital clinics) said the service met their needs as a LGBTQ+ young person “OK” or “badly”
- 41% of trans respondents accessing mental health services (helplines counselling, inpatient and outpatient services) said the service met their needs as an LGBTQ+ young person “ok” or “badly”
Here is some information about bullying and harassment in schools:
- “The first study that used the same instruments to compare rates and impacts of bullying and sexual harassment showed that students experience high rates of both bullying (52%) and sexual harassment (34%) (Gruber & Fineran, 2008).
- Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and questioning students experienced more bullying (79% versus 50%) and more sexual harassment than heterosexual students (Coker, Austin, & Schuster, 2010; Gruber & Fineran, 2008; Poteat, Mereish, DiGiovanni, & Koenig, 2011).
- Teachers are less likely to intervene in harassment related to sexual orientation, gender presentation, and body size than in that related to other forms of bias (race, religion, disability; California Safe Schools Coalition, 2004).
- Research indicates that students feel safer and report less harassment in schools where specific groups are listed as protected by anti-bullying laws and policies (Hatzenbuehler, 2011; Kosciw, Greytak, Diaz, & Bartkiewicz, 2010).”
(Sourced from Sanders:2013)
The Anti-Bullying Alliance has also produced guidelines for preventing sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying in school: