84% of transgender middle school and high school students said they felt unsafe at school because of their gender, according to the GLSEN 2019 National School Climate Survey on LGBTQ youth. The recent wave of anti-transgender legislation can reinforce that pain and fear, making it hard for students to focus on their education. “For transgender students living in states where their very lives are under attack, it can be near impossible to focus on much else but surviving,” laments Andy Marra, the executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund.
Data points like this reinforce our passion for organizations like SMYAL that are providing mentorship, housing, and novel programming for trans youth nationwide. What’s more, all services are provided free of charge thanks to the generosity of donors like you.