Bullying & Safe Schools for LGBT Students


Support organizations, research and other tools for professionals working with schools to create safer environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. Also includes bullying and suicide prevention resources, and health and public policy links.

Safe Communities and Schools



Safer Schools

Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs)
School Climate
  • The GroundSpark Respect for All Project facilitates the development of inclusive, bias-free schools and communities by providing media resources, support and training to youth, educators and service providers.
  • The Safe Schools Coalition works to help schools become safe places where every child can learn regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Bullying Prevention

  • Bullying and School Climate 
    A general APA primer on bullying for federal policy makers; includes recommendations specific to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Sexual Harrassment

  • The Office for Civil Rights in the US Department of Education provides guidance about and enforces key federal civil rights laws in the nation’s school, including laws preventing sexual harassment.

Violence Prevention


Suicide Prevention

Connection with Bullying
  • Bullying and Suicide - Klomek, A. B., Kleinman, M., Altschuler, E., Marrocco, F., Amakawa, L., & Gould, M. S. (2011). High school bullying as a risk for later depression and suicidality. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, 41(5), 501-516.
  • Suicide and Bullying: Issue Brief (PDF, 381KB) by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, with special attention to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
Ideation and Self-Harm
School Environment

Drug-Free Schools

  • The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools in the U.S. Department of Education administers various programs that promote safe schools, effective crisis response, drug abuse and violence prevention, and the health and well being of students.

Health Risks, Including Sexual Health

  • CDC Report (PDF, 1.74MB) Finds Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Students at Greater Risk for Unhealthy, Unsafe Behaviors, June 2011. Press release.
Public Policy


Law and Public Policy