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Making Schools Safe and Inclusive: Gay-straight Alliances and School Climate in Ontario

2013

Making Schools Safe and Inclusive: Gay-straight Alliances and School Climate in Ontario

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Gay-straight alliances (GSAs) have become widespread in Ontario schools and, starting in 2012, all schools are required to permit students to form GSAs. While American research suggests that GSAs have a positive impact on school safety and inclusion, there is little research on the impact of GSAs in Canadian schools. This study, based on a survey of 41 educators working with GSAs, suggests that policy changes in Ontario have had a positive impact on school climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students and that GSAs contribute to the development of safer and more inclusive schools.

 

Kitchen, J., & Bellini, C. (2013). Making schools safe and inclusive: gay-straight alliances and school climate in Ontario. Canadian Journal of Administration and Policy, (146), 1-37. Retrieved October 18, 2015, from https://www.umanitoba.ca/publications/cjeap/pdf_Files/kitchen_bellini.pdf

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