Advice about LGBTQ acceptance and inclusion in the classroom from the real experts: LGBTQ Students.
What the students had to say:
“We need to inform our teachers.”
“Teachers are rarely adequately educated on LGBTQ issues.”
“There is a reliance on media to create and perpetuate that visibility to smaller communities where it isn’t represented.”
“Lack of understanding leads to disrespect-students need to be punished for using derogatory language 100% of the time.”
“Teachers should be covering gender identities and sexual orientation in health class even if they don’t think there any LGBTQ students are in their school.”
“Educators as activists and more inclusive curriculum of diverse relationships and sexuality. “
“Introduce homosexual couples to young kids. For example homosexuality can be seen in a Math problem: “Bob and Fred own a house…”
On Monday May 25th the Canadian Safe School Network hosted the LGBTQ Student Think Tank in 4 cities across Canada! Sponsored by TD Bank, the day was an interactive event focused on LGBTQ issues in high schools. The Think Tank addressed questions such as overcoming stigma, positive mental health, bullying, sources of support and much more. The event brought together LGBTQ high school students from rural and urban communities surrounding Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and the Annapolis Valley, NS.
Each Think Tank gave students the opportunity to ask questions and share their ideas with groups participating in other cities using Twitter. This interactive component resulted in a fantastic cross-nation discussion about the most relevant issues facing LGBTQ youth. CSSN is currently in the process of collecting and analyzing the information from each event so that we can share it with our supporters and educators!
1. Using a bottom-up approach to help build more accepting schools. We’re bringing together LGBTQ youth across the country to gather information on the challenges of being gay in school and to help find ways to overcome them.
2. To provide the information to those who have the power to help. This interprovincial initiative will examine LGBTQ struggles and offer the valuable insight to educators, parents, and government so that we can make a real difference.
THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS & PARTNERS: