Resources to Support LGBTQ Students (4/21/21)

Positive environments are important to help all youth thrive. However, LGBTQ youth are more likely to experience bullying or other aggression in school that can make the learning environment difficult or even unbearable. According to the National School Climate Report, 86 percent of LGBTQ youth reported being harassed at school, compared to 27 percent of students overall. School years can be challenging for all students, yet those who identify as LGBTQ often face additional pressures or concerns. 

 

No student should ever have to experience discrimination or negative behavior - regardless of attraction, gender identity, or gender expression. Below are several resources to help teachers, educators, and school personnel become better allies to LGBTQ youth and learn more about validating and affirming these students.

 

The Trevor Project

  • LGBTQ youth and their allies can explore resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, coming out, healthy relationships, school support, and more.
  • Educators can access free online learning module with a video, curriculum, and teacher resources for middle school and high school classrooms.
  • Administrators and school leaders can access model school policies to support the implementation of comprehensive suicide prevention policies. 

 

GLSEN

  • GLSEN is a national network of educators and students working to ensure every student has the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education. 
  • Educator resources are designed to increase LGBTQ visibility and affirmation into any curriculum. 
  • Access resources to develop supportive educators, pass and implement comprehensive policies, and advocate for inclusive curriculum.

 

Time to Thrive

  • An annual national conference to promote safety, inclusion, and well-being for LGBTQ youth.
  • Access previous panel discussions about awareness, cultural competency, and current and emerging best practices.