"We believe in evidence and research, which is why we've documented the experiences of LGBT youth in school for more than a decade," said GLSEN's executive director, Eliza Byard. "Our findings, and the findings of everyone else who has studied school climate and its impact on LGBT youth, have consistently shown that LGBT youth face extreme levels of harassment. There simply is no debate about this fact in the bullying prevention world."
Byard said it's unfortunate that people like Harvey prefer to live outside the consensus of research. She said it's deeply troubling that anyone would insinuate that it isn't important to make schools safe for LGBT youth.
But Harvey said that she does not want children who are gay to be bullied, despite the accusations to the contrary. She said she hopes this latest publication will help them too. "To me withholding the information that they don't have to go into this lifestyle is false propaganda. It's not settled science and it's not settled morality. Anyone who says differently is inventing new interpretations of Christian doctrine."