Returning to school can be especially stressful for students who are gay, lesbian and transgendered. J is a transgendered student entering her junior year. She says was discriminated against at her high school in D.C. so she moved to northern Virginia. J credits her parents for being supportive when school administrators were not. She says the administrators criticized her dress and made hurtful comments.
The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network says more than 82 percent of sexual minority youngsters report that their teachers rarely or never intervene when homophobic Comments are reported to or heard by them.
Steven Goodman, who advises these children and their families, says students must stand up for their right to learn in an atmosphere free of harassment. Goodman says parents of homosexual and transgendered children should encourage them to join groups that accept them and bolster their sense of self worth.
Jamila Bey reports...