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Simple Ways to Support Students in the LGBTQ+ Community

Updated: Jun 1, 2023

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,

Laura



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