Capstone/Dissertation Title

The significance of LGBT bullying and its lifelong effects?: Listening to former LGBT students' narratives to inform policy makers and educators

Term

2014

Capstone

Dissertation

Degree Name

EdD

Abstract

My question was: The significance of LGBT bullying and its lifelong effects? Listening to former LGBT students' narratives to inform policy makers and educators. Despite the fact that our country has made progress towards a safer and equitable nation for members of other non-dominant groups, members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered) community still face enormous inequalities and inequities in our schools and communities. LGBT students are at risk for developing academic, social, and emotional problems due to harassment and homophobic bullying experienced at school. LGBT students are bullied three times as often as heterosexual peers and we are not doing enough to curb this problem. The purpose of this study was to reflect on the significance of LGBT bullying and the impact of having policies in place for the protection of all of our students. The findings of my research will guide important decisions about laws, policies, and procedures in regards to school bullying. This study employed the qualitative research approaches of surveys, interviewing, and storytelling and quantitative methods for analyzing the survey results. I identified former or current college students from across the country that identified as a LGBT person. Within this research process, I examined how the participants viewed their personal identity because of being bullied and primarily focused on the emotional impact of sharing their personal identity as LGBT adults in the community.

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