Our country has seen unprecedented progress for LGBTQ young people during the last eight years. From Franklin County High School (TN) students asserting their right to form a Gay-Straight Alliance club, the Valley Central School Board’s (NY) public stance in support of transgender students, or the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education’s Title IX guidance calling on our nation’s public schools to protect and provide for transgender students equally.

Despite this progress, 85% of LGBT students report being verbally harassed and 56% report experiencing discriminatory policies and practices at school.

The next President will lead our country for at least the next four years. They will set Department of Education policy and push forth legislative ideals that will have a direct impact on the lives of LGBTQ students -- most of whom will be too young to even vote in the election.

What progress will be made towards ensuring LGBTQ students have safe and affirming schools? What specific proposals is each candidate offering for LGBTQ young people?

Sign on to GLSEN’s Letter to the Next President to call on every candidate to take a public stance in support of LGBTQ young people and to put forth proposals toward ensuring them safe and affirming schools.