Study: Gay-Straight Alliances at School Improve Mental Health for LGBT Teens

Not surprisingly, kids who attend high schools that offer Gay-Straight Alliances are less likely to drop out of school and to go onto college, research shows.

We already know what bullying can do to LGBT teens; and gay youth tend to suffer from higher depression rates than heterosexual kids. But up until now, there was very little research to show how school-based support groups can benefit students.

According to the Family Acceptance Project, part of San Francisco State University, schools that promoted Gay-Straight Alliances were more effective in fostering safer environments. The study is particularly compelling at a time when school district across the nation are trying to ban Gay-Straight Alliances.

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