Write and Read (Laura)
Simple Steps to Support Students in the LGBTQ+ Community
Updated: Jun 26, 2020
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.
Learn Preferred Names and Students' Pronouns
Begin learning students’ preferred names and their pronouns on the first day of school. It can be a challenge to correct yourself if you learn them wrong, and you also want to show respect to your students. Click here for a free resource for students to share their preferred information.
Provide a Visual
Having some kind of visual symbol in your classroom helps students identify that your classroom is a safe space. You may also want to provide a visual symbol on your door. There may be students you don’t have in class who are looking for a safe space. Your visual could be a small pride flag or an ally sticker from an organization such as GLSEN.
Think about how you represent the LGBTQ+ community. Look at your curriculum, classroom posters and decor, and the books within your classroom library. If there is no representation, create a plan to provide some.
Click here for the free student info resource.