GSA Day for Racial Justice was launched in 2015 to mobilize LGBTQ+ youth and allies for racial justice through teach-ins, direct actions, and online campaigns to show solidarity. This year, youth are coming together in…
This year, GSA Day for Racial Justice takes place on February 24, 2017. #GSADay4RJ is an annual day of action in February to mobilize for racial justice and celebrate the multiple identities we hold as trans…
San Francisco State’s first Queer Resource Center will open its doors Feb. 6.
The ACLU of Florida intervened today on behalf of a Lake County middle-school student leader seeking to establish a gay-straight alliance (GSA) at Carver Middle School in Leesburg. The eighth grader spearheading the effort, Bayli Silberstein, says the club is needed to combat bullying at her school, but has faced administrative resistance in trying to establish it.
On Jan. 9, Governor Deval L. Patrick swore in members of the MA Commission on GLBT Youth, an independently run state agency established by law to strengthen the lives of, and procure better opportunities for, Massachusetts’ young GLBT people.
There are no exact figures on the number of homeless youth in Utah who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and who are also Mormon. But two organizations estimate the figure could be upward of 200 adolescents — many of whom need help to build a life off the streets after parents shunned them for coming out.
“Outside,” a powerful independent documentary now available onKUED.org, seeks to understand LGBT homeless youth, who make up 40 percent of the homeless population.
Prompted by a rash of gay teen suicides in recent years, Amanda Logan approached her co-worker Heather Krause. Together, the two school-based social workers formed Kaleidoscope, a group designed for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning) teens ages 14 to 18, those with LGBTQ parents, and their allies.
San Diego Gay & Lesbian News
SAN FRANCISCO — A report released this week by Gay-Straight Alliance Network examines the effectiveness of different approaches to implementing lessons that are inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) people.
The findings illustrate the critical impact administrator support for LGBTQ-inclusive lessons can have, as well as the need to engage all stakeholders in the school community, from students to state education officials.
“This new research underscores the importance of LGBTQ-inclusive lessons in keeping all students safe and connected to school,” said Carolyn Laub, executive director of Gay-Straight Alliance Network. “Further, this report builds on that research to outline clear paths for students, teachers, administrators, and policymakers to effectively advocate for lessons that are factual and relevant to all students.”
Using a mix of quantitative and qualitative research, the report lifts up the experiences of students, documents various paths to implementation and their subsequent impact on student feelings of safety in three different schools, and examines lessons learned from earlier campaigns to implement ethnic studies curriculum.
The report translates this research into an Implementation Action Guide that contains clear steps for state policymakers, state education administrators, local district officials, teachers, students, and community members.
“Today’s report clearly shows that LGBTQ-inclusive lessons increase school safety,” said Stephen T. Russell, an author of the report and University of Arizona professor. “At a time when there is more concern than ever about LGBTQ bullying and safety in schools, this research confirms that students need to see themselves reflected in lessons. When they do, they feel safer and more connected at school – and the school climate is healthier for everyone.”
The research primarily took place in California after the passage of the FAIR Education Act, which updated state education guidelines to end the exclusion of LGBT people and people with disabilities from social studies and history classes. Despite the law, there is significant work left before LGBTQ-inclusive lessons are a reality in every California school.
The report outlines the path to implementation in California, as well as steps for advocates in other states to move toward LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum.
The Implementing Lessons That Matter report expands on previous research that found a correlation between schools with LGBTQ-inclusive lessons and student-reported feelings of safety.
The full report is available for download HERE.
If the gay-rights movement today seems to revolve around same-sex marriage, this generation is seeking something more radical: an upending of gender roles beyond the binary of male/female. The core question isn’t whom they love, but who they are — that is, identity as distinct from sexual orientation.