PublisherThe University of Arizona.
AbstractLesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) youth today face unique daily stressors that directly impact their ability to succeed in their academics. The purpose of this literature review was to analyze research that highlights and addresses LGBTQ-related issues and disparities across educational contexts. In hopes of creating a safer and more inclusive environment for LGBTQ-youth, I cross-examined factors that could help create a positive environment: Gay-Straight Alliance (GSAs), inclusive curriculum, policy and practice, teacher support, and teachers’ ability to intervene. Overall, these factors did improve students’ feelings of safety, school belongingness, and school climate. I discuss implications for future research.