Research Participation

LGBT Youth Project with Human Rights Watch

In 2001, Human Rights Watch published Hatred in the Hallways, a report that documented rampant bullying and harassment of LGBT students in US schools. Almost fifteen years later, LGBT youth around the US continue to experience widespread bullying and harassment, including cyberbullying; invisibility in library resources and school curricula; and restrictions on their personal dress, access to bathrooms and locker rooms, and ability to participate in extracurricular clubs and activities.

In the fall of 2015, researchers from Human Rights Watch will be conducting a series of interviews around the country with students, teachers, administrators, and service providers to document the challenges LGBT youth face in schools. The research project will culminate in a new report, released in the summer of 2016, which explores the civil and human rights violations experienced by LGBT youth in US schools and makes recommendations to local, state, and federal actors to remedy these violations.

Human Rights Watch will be in Austin from November 12-15. We invite any interested individuals to speak with us about their experiences in as youth in schools, including any incidents they encountered or witnessed. Interviewees need not identify as LGBT, and Human Rights Watch will not publish the names or other identifying information of those who are interviewed in order to ensure that they are able to talk about their experiences freely and candidly. If you have questions or are interested in learning more about the project, please feel free to contact Ryan Thoreson at