Research & Reports

In recent years there has been an increase in research and available data on the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth in schools.  In Wisconsin, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is distributed every two years and allows for students to self-identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.  The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has information on their website about results from the YRBS, including data specific to LGB youth.  You can view that here.

In August of 2016, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report that highlights national data from the YRBS related to students’ sexual orientation and associated health disparities.  You can view that report here.

Research on the experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming youth is still limited.

In 2015, UW-Madison faculty Drs. Maurice N. Gattis and Sara L. McKinnon released a new research report entitled “School Experiences of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students in Wisconsin.”  The purpose of this research was to systematically document the experiences of transgender (trans) and gender non-conforming (GNC) students in Wisconsin schools to fill in the knowledge gaps about their unique needs. Six themes are addressed in the report: learning environment, physical facilities, health and wellness, safety, institutional and social support, and acceptance and respect.

You can download the complete report here.


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“​Chippewa Falls Middle School’s mission is to provide a safe and supportive place for all of our students to learn and grow together. The Safe Space training from GSAFE provided staff with valuable resources to become more aware of how to be a better gender inclusive school!​” – Susan Kern, Middle School Principal