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1. School Climate Survey for Issues related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Variant Students

Note: The more information you are willing to share, the more helpful your survey will be. However, if you do not feel comfortable with a question, feel free to skip it. Also, while we will be accepting anonymous surveys, we would much prefer it if you would give us your name (in whole or in part). School administrators often claim that bullying and discrimination don’t exist at their school, so the more we can put a “face” on the problem, the more persuasive your story will be. If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding your school you’d like to discuss with us, please email them to safeschools@equalityalabama.org.

This survey’s purpose is to collect information about people who have been bullied, harmed, or harassed due to their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. That is to say, for example, if you are a straight person but have suffered from harassment because people think of you as gay, lesbian, or transsexual, you would answer affirmatively that you have suffered from harassment on these grounds. In addition, if you have been harassed due to a friend or family member’s sexual orientation or gender identity (whether actual or perceived) this would also be useful for this survey. Space will be provided for providing greater context of your particular situation.

Also, if you were the perpetrator of harassment at school on account of someone’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity and would like to talk to us about the experience and whether the school protected the other student, we would greatly appreciate you contacting us.

Finally, this survey uses certain terminology we’d like to familiarize you with before starting:
Sexual orientation: The basis upon which one’s sexual attraction derives. Often referred to as “gay”, “lesbian”, “straight”, “bisexual”, “asexual” or “questioning”. Gay – is used to refer to males with sexual attraction for males. Lesbian- is used to refer to females with sexual attraction for females. Straight- is used commonly to reference attraction by a male or female for the opposite sex. Bisexual- refers to either males or females who feel attraction towards both sexes. Asexual- is a person who has attraction for neither males nor females. Lastly, questioning- is used when people have not yet determined in which of the categories they belong.
Gender identity: Culturally and biologically gender is a fluid concept. Male in this survey refers to those born with biological male parts and who self-identify as such. Female, likewise, refers to those born with female anatomy and self-identify as female. Transgender defines those born of one gender (male or female or non-gendered), but as a result of self-exploration and at times corrective surgery, become another gender. Non-gender are those people born with both, neither or ambiguous sexual anatomy. They are sometimes called “hermaphrodites.” Non-gender may also refer to persons, who were born with male or female sexual anatomy, but for whatever reason, do not identify with either gender.

Thank you very much.