Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2022

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Taryn Akgul


LGBTQ+, school counseling, inclusiveness, advocacy, education, support systems


There is a lack of representation for the LGBTQIA+ community in our education system. The youths who belong to this community feel underrepresented, isolated, and unsupported. The consequences of not having enough support and struggling in the school system are detrimental. LGBTQIA+ youths have higher rates of mental health issues, homelessness, and suicide (Rusow et al., 2018). Support systems are crucial for kids to have. Support systems can come from family, school, and peer supports. Familial and school support are the most focused on when it comes to youths’ concerns. Many people in the education system and at home can become allies with the proper education and support. Students would benefit from their schools having a program implemented to promote inclusiveness and safety. Implementing a program could be done in various ways, from including LGBTQIA+ curriculum in classroom lessons to creating support groups.



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