by Dish Staff
German Lopez finds reason to think so:
It’s possible that some of these numbers reflect more tolerant environments in certain states. If a state legislature has the political support to pass laws that protect LGBT students, the state’s residents might be more likely to take action against anti-gay or transphobic discrimination regardless of the law.
But Eliza Byard, executive director of GLSEN, says her organization’s research controls for those factors. She points out that her group found better reports from LGBT students in Arkansas and North Carolina, two states that aren’t traditionally associated with LGBT-friendly environments, after they passed comprehensive laws protecting LGBT students.