Even when students were not punished, adults at times ridiculed them for gender non-conformity, including clothing. When she would be angry, her tantrums would go to a dark place: In some instances, teachers rebuked students for speaking up about LGBT issues. LGBT students also described persistent patterns of isolation, exclusion, and marginalization that made them feel unsafe or unwelcome at school. For example, research indicates that avoiding bathroom use for extended periods of time is linked to dehydration, urinary tract infections, and kidney problems. Female is primarily sexually or romantically attracted to other females.
The principal just wanted our sign down before parents came in.
Students identified subtle but routine practices that were unnecessarily gendered and created stressful situations for transgender youth. The research focused on public schools, including public charter schools, rather than private schools that enjoy greater autonomy to act in accordance with their particular beliefs under US law. Schools provide libraries, technological tools, and access to the internet, and in so doing, act as providers and gatekeepers for students seeking information about various topics.
Many students either were not out to their parents or said their parents did not accept their sexual orientation or gender identity, limiting their ability to obtain information about sexuality when it was not provided at school.