Survey: Homophobic remarks, harassment common in Ga. schools The GA Voice Editors June 27, 2011 Georgia Among the Georgia results: • 95 percent of LGBT students regularly heard homophobic remarks (eg., “fag” or “dyke”); • 45 percent of LGBT students were physically harassed (e.g., pushed or shoved) because of their sexual orientation; • 18 percent of LGBT students were physically assaulted (e.g., punched, kicked or injured with a weapon) because of their sexual orientation. Some 95 percent of students also reported hearing sexist remarks, while 71 percent reported hearing racist remarks from other students. Close to 1/3 — 31 percent — said they had heard negative comments related to gender expression from school staff, and 29 percent said they heard homophobic remarks from school staff. Harassment and assault based on sexual orientation or gender identity were also frequently reported: • 88 percent reported verbal harassment related to sexual orientation; 45 percent reported physical harassment, and 18 percent reported physical assault; • 67 percent reported verbal harassment related to gender expression; 28 percent reported physical harassment, and 11 percent reported physical assault; As a silver lining, 88 percent of students said they had access to LGBT-supportive educators. But only 12 percent said they attended a school with bullying protections specific to sexual orientation and gender identity, 22 percent said their school had a gay-straight alliance, and only 4 percent said they had an LGBT inclusive curriculum. SHARE ON Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website × 2 = twelve Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.