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Out in the open. Education sector responses to violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression

In some countries, 85 per cent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students experience homophobic and transphobic violence in school, 45 per cent of transgender students drop out. Homophobic violence also targets 33 per cent of students who are wrongly perceived to be LGBT because they do not appear to conform to gender norms.

These are the findings from Out In The Open, a global report on education sector responses to violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Compiled by UNESCO for the International Day of Action Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), the report reveals the nature, scope and impact of the violence, the status of education sector responses and recommendations for the way forward.

This report provides the first ever global synthesis of data on violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in educational settings, and existing responses by education sectors across regions. While data is not available for all countries, the Report found that homophobic and transphobic violence has a significant impact on students’ education, employment prospects, health and well-being.

The summary report is available for download in English and French The full report is available for download in English.

SOURCE: UNESCO website

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