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Simple Ways to Support Students in the LGBTQ+ Community

Updated: Jun 1

As teachers, it is our responsibility to ensure that our students know they are safe and cared for. Here are some simple things you can do to show support for students in the LGBTQ+ community.

A row of rainbow color hearts are laid out on concrete. In bold text, the bottom says, "Simple Ways to Support Students in the LGBTQ+ Community."

Learn Students' Pronouns and Preferred Names

Begin learning students’ pronouns and preferred names on the first day of school. It can be a challenge to correct yourself if you learn them incorrectly. Click here for a free resource for students to share their preferred information.

Four Back to School Student Info sheets are laid out on a desk. The info sheets ask students for their legal name, preferred name, pronouns, birthday, and seating preference.

Support Student Efforts

If your school has a Pride club, you can support the group even if you aren't the sponsor. If the club is having a fundraiser, buy something. If students made club t-shirts, wear one.

I did not sponsor my school's LGBTQ+ club, but I found other ways to support them. When I learned they wanted to start a book club, I helped find funding for sets of their first two novels. If you aren't sure how to support the club at your school, ask the club sponsor or attend a meeting.

Show Representation

Think about how you represent the LGBTQ+ community in your classroom. Audit your curriculum. Do you teach any literature written by members of the LGBTQ+ community? Examine your classroom library. Are there any novels with LGBTQ+ characters? If your classroom doesn't have any representation, create a plan to provide some.

I hope these suggestions help you build strong relationships with your students and create a classroom environment where everyone feels safe and welcomed.

Educationally yours,


Click here for the free student info resource.


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