Gifted gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) youth, like their high-potential straight peers, display high potential or excellent performance in various competencies important to schools and communities. These gifted sexual minorities meet federal, professional, and cultural definitions of giftedness at least as frequently as do other students and have access to increasing opportunities for pro-GLBT advocacy and resources in their communities and schools. This entry describes the data available on GLBT youth and education, support, and advocacy strategies for GLBT gifted youth.


The exact prevalence of gifted GLBT youth is related to definitions for gifted and GLBT. According to some traditional educational definitions of giftedness—those predicated on student attainment of very high scores on intelligence or achievement measures—the gifted population is 1 to 2 percent. However, ...

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