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STUDY: Gay-Straight Alliances Make Students Gayer (As In Happier)

The Family Acceptance Project interviewed 245 LGBT young adults, ages 21–25, about the presence of gays-straight alliances at their schools and found that GSAs helped students have lower rates of depression, drug abuse and dropping out and improved self-esteem and chances of college entry. The only downside?

Basically, schools with lots of anti-LGBT bullying cancel out any positive GSA effects. In order to help GSA affiliated students, such schools need anti-bullying policies as well. It also helps if you have a principal that won’t beat you up or expel you for trying to set up a GSA.

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