Persad Center

Strengthening the Region’s LGBTQ Communities and Their Allies

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Strengthening the Region’s LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS-impacted Communities

Safe Schools

Perception vs. Reality: LGBTQ Bullying in Allegheny County’s Schools

“We’ve seen national studies by GLSEN and other organizations about bullying around the U.S., and now we see parallel results right here in Allegheny County. Armed with the information in the Duquesne study, we can be more effective in working with regional stakeholders to end the problem of bullying in our schools”, says PERSAD CENTER Executive Director Betty Hill.

LGBTQ Students – Speak Out!

By participating in the survey, students help GLSEN to inform education policymakers and the public about the challenges faced by LGBTQ students. The survey contains questions about you, your experiences in school, including how safe you feel there, and bias you may have observed and experienced. You can skip any question that does not apply to you, or makes you uncomfortable. The survey is anonymous and you will not be asked for your name.

Safe Schools Project

We are concerned about the high rate of teen suicide among LGBTQ youth — reported to be 3-4 times higher than other youth. We are concerned about the high rate of LGBTQ youth homelessness, where our youth are 5-6 times overrepresented among the runaway and homeless youth populations. We are tired of hearing youth report daily abuse from bullying that goes unreported -- or worse -- unaddressed in our schools, and is often the trigger for suicidal and runaway behaviorjs.

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