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A Guide To LGBTQ Youth in Schools for Educators and Parents

This booklet is designed to help parents and educators develop safe, nurturing school environments for lesbian, gay, bixexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students.


Cover, Introduction, Table of Contents

How to Be an Adult Ally
Want to create a safer school environment for LGBTQ and all students? Look here for advice.

Protecting Students From Harassment and Discrimination: It’s the Law
Learn how the law protects LGBTQ students at school – and how to draft school policies that protect your students and staff.

How to Make Your School Safe
School professionals can take many actions to create a safer, more inclusive environment for LGBTQ youth and their allies. Here’s how.

How to Make Your School’s Curriculum Inclusive
Tips for including LGBTQ issues and information into health, social studies, history and more, plus: Is your school blocking helpful LGBTQ web sites?

Respecting Student Speech and Expression
What rules apply when it comes to LGBTQ-friendly posters, presentations and gender-nonconforming clothing – and does the same hold true for antigay slurs?

Supporting Students in Starting Gay-Straight Alliances
Gay-straight alliances (GSAs) are student groups that can provide support, increase understanding and reduce discrimination. Here’s how to support students who want to get one started.

Working with Transgender Students
From gender-neutral restrooms to safe changing areas, school districts are learning how to accommodate transgender students.

Proms, Dances & Dating
How to make sure LGBTQ youth and their allies can join in on the fun.

Where to find more information and materials.

A quick primer on the terms you need to know.

Download the complete toolkit

July 31, 2014