Safe Spaces: How Comfortable Are Educators Supporting LGBTQ Students

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 8
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe the challenges that LGBTQ+ students often face in school.
  2. summarize the factors that influence how comfortable educators are in supporting LGBTQ+ students.
  3. compare the steps of action derived from this study to inform best practice in consulting with educators to effectively support LGBTQ+ students.


School can be a hostile environment for LGBTQ+ youth, as they can often experience harassment and victimization. Institutional supports, such as openly supportive educators, can mediate the adverse effects of discrimination for LGBTQ+ students (Kosciw et al., 2008). The present study seeks to predict how comfortable educators are supporting LGBTQ+ students and the factors that influence this to inform best practice in consulting with educators to create safe spaces in school for LGBTQ+ youth.



Kallie E. Horton, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Robert J. Dixon, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse


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