NOTE: This post was formerly titled Depressing Statistic Of The Day: Safety Progress Slows For LGBTQ Students. If have since turned it into a “Best” list on ways to support LGBTQ students.
When it comes to school safety for LGBTQ kids, progress has slowed, survey finds is an NBC News story about a recent survey not showing good news for the safety of our LGBTQ students.
You can also read more about the report at Ed Week’s article, Hostility Toward LGBTQ Students May Be Rising in Schools, Survey Finds.
You might also be interested in Teaching Tolerance’s NEW LGBTQ Best Practices Guide.
On the heels of this report on intolerance, the Trump Administration today indicated they are considering making things even worse. Learn about it in this PBS NewsHour video segment:
One two other pieces of useful related info:
Given recent news, it’s worth reminding ourselves of this important study that found a way of reducing transphobia. https://t.co/tVFUMjSUDf
— Ed Yong (@edyong209) October 22, 2018
Article of the Day | ‘“Transgender” Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration’ https://t.co/ZaBiLc569x
— NYT Learning Network (@NYTimesLearning) October 22, 2018
5 Ways To Make Classrooms More Inclusive is from NPR.
Schools Struggle to Support LGBTQ Students is from Edutopia.
5 Easy Ways to Support LGBTQ Youth in the Classroom is from The Huff Post.
New Survey Finds Suicide Is a Major Risk for LGBTQ Youth is from Slate.
Supporting LGBTQ Students in Elementary School is from Edutopia.
When kids use their preferred pronoun, they have 35% fewer suicidal thoughts, 65% fewer suicide attempts & 71% fewer depression symptoms. @GLSEN found more than 2/3 of LGBTQ+ students hear homophobic remarks often—which means it’s critical teachers model inclusivity & respect. https://t.co/Dol1dYINXB
— Phyllis Fagell, LCPC (@Pfagell) June 7, 2019
REVIEW: Where to Find Kids’ LGBTQAI+ Books. #elachat #engchat @ncte #edchat #tlchat Reviewer Sarah Cooper recommends this thoughtful resource from @ALALibrary, @CDH2009 and @Lizbrary https://t.co/Vm6guOLBCU @Larryferlazzo @bivey pic.twitter.com/sB9lqWDPil
— MiddleWeb (@middleweb) June 28, 2019
I want to bolster the LGBTQ+ section of my HS classroom library. Let’s start a thread. What titles do you suggest?
— Kelly Gallagher (@KellyGToGo) July 13, 2019
10 Tips for Building a More LGBTQ-Inclusive Classroom is from Ed Week.
Let’s make California schools safe and supportive for LGBTQ students appeared in the Sacramento Bee.
“When anybody denies your child their personhood, their identity, denies them that supportive environment, they’re actively harming your child,” — Whose rights should come first when trans students and teachers clash over names and pronouns? https://t.co/A9Tob1sBlR
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) November 15, 2019
Using a child’s identified pronouns might feel complicated, but it’s crucial. Here’s why. is from The Washington Post.
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) June 15, 2020
“It’s going to be really hard for lower courts to explain why this Supreme Court decision means something different for Title IX.”
Mark Walsh explores how a Supreme Court decision on LGBT employment protections could affect transgender students. https://t.co/lBa6WvVloP
— Evie Blad (@EvieBlad) June 16, 2020
Five Simple Ways to Create an LGBTQ+ Inclusive Classroom is from The Teaching Channel.
‘We All Have LGBTQ Students, Whether We Know It or Not’ is the headline of one of my Education Week columns.
LGBTQ History and Why It Matters is from Facing History.
How to Make Your School More Welcoming for LGBTQ Families is from Edutopia.
Hidden Voices: LGBTQ+ Stories in United States History is from WeTeachNYC.
How to Build an Affirming Classroom in the Face of Anti-Trans Legislation is from Facing History.
Pride in our students, pride in ourselves: What you need to know to be an LGBTQ+ ally is from Teach Learn Grow.
For LGBTQ+ students, this year’s Pride Month comes at a perilous time is from Brookings.
It’s important that LGBTQI+ students feel safe in school & be able to learn without harassment or discrimination. Here are ways students & families can confront anti-LGBTQI+ discrimination: https://t.co/5eYHZfpQvX #PrideMonth pic.twitter.com/sXvblAfqcu
— U.S. Department of Education (@usedgov) June 15, 2022
Behaviors of Supportive Parents and Caregivers for LGBTQ Youth is from The Trevor Project.
Creating Supportive and Affirming School Environments is from Learning For Justice.
The power of allyship: 3 ways you can advocate for LGBTQ+ students is from Teach Learn Grow.
Using correct pronouns makes transgender and gender-diverse students feel welcome, safe, and respected—plus it can help reduce suicide rates.
Because embracing pronouns doesn’t come easily to everyone, we put together some helpful advice.https://t.co/XurPKJlRlg
— NEA (@NEAToday) October 8, 2022
This is from Chalkbeat:
We are delighted to share with you all a new, free web-app designed for and with LGBTQ+ teens to support their mental health, www.imi.guide. Developed by CenterLink, Hopelab and the It Gets Better Project, imi includes activities, resources and content intentionally designed to affirm LGBTQ+ youth and help them better cope with stress.
imi.guide is accessible to anyone with an Internet-connected device (phone, tablet, computer, etc.). No download or account creation is required. imi was recently tested in a randomized controlled trial and we found promising effects about the tool’s ability to help LGBTQ+ teens better cope and manage stress.
Educators: We Must Be Champions for Our Trans Students is from EdSurge.
Trans Kids Deserve Private Lives Too is from The NY Times.
Educators should read this to get an idea what some of our students are going through:
School is a ‘nightmare’ for trans and nonbinary kids. Here’s why. https://t.co/aCdKqQYGez
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) April 12, 2023
“We know so much about what hurts and helps L.G.B.T.Q. youth,” writes @nfrankresearch. “It is heartbreaking to watch lawmakers pass bills that are known to cause harm and whose only upside is scoring political points.” https://t.co/106LMvpKXG
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) April 21, 2023
These guides developed by @MAEC4Ed for administrators, #educators, and #students identifies strategies, action items, and resources to build relationships and advocacy with LGBTQIA+ students, staff and communities. Download here: https://t.co/emcIo9tSgI
— REL Northeast & Islands (@REL_NEI) June 13, 2023
LGBTQ+ Students With Affirming Schools Report Lower Suicide Risk, Survey Finds https://t.co/EpykKkF65Q
— Education Week (@educationweek) August 24, 2023