Creating LGBTQIA+-friendly schools and universities promotes a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. This leads to several benefits such as promoting diversity and inclusivity, reducing discrimination and bullying, improving mental health, helping LGBTQIA+ students achieve academic success, and creating a positive learning environment for everyone involved.
Inclusive environments help reduce the stress and anxiety that can come with being in an unsupportive environment and can improve mental health outcomes. Additionally, when LGBTQIA+ students feel safe and supported, they are better able to focus on their academic goals and achieve academic success. The following article dives more deeply into how schools and universities can approach introducing inclusive learning environments for all students.