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Supporting LGBTQ Students
Transcript of Supporting LGBTQ Students
Supporting LGBTQ Students
Policies [Meant] to Support LGBTQ Students
Statistics from SFUSD
How can educators better support LGBTQ students?
Purpose of Study
In addition to the normal stresses of early
adolescence, gay and lesbian young adolescents have to figure out who they are and where they fit in, most often without the benefit of accurate information (library resources, curriculum), role models (historical figures or personnel in their schools), counselors, or support groups that are comfortable with these issues, and teachers with whom they can talk about their thoughts and feelings (Bailey, 2005).
Based on student surveys, 13 percent of SFUSD middle school students (about 1,000 students) and 11 percent of SFUSD high school students (about 1,700 students) identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual. An additional 450 SFUSD students (100 in middle school and 350 in high school) identify as transgender.
According to SFUSD student surveys, 7 percent of students who identify themselves as heterosexal have skipped school because they felt unsafe. By comparison, 11 percent of LGB students and 56 percent of transgender students say they have stayed away from school because of fears for their safety.
While some teachers and administrators may feel uncomfortable addressing these issues because of their own beliefs or fears about homosexuality and feel that by saying something they compromise
their own values, it is the professional goal and
responsibility of all educators, regardless of their
personal feelings, to provide a safe learning environment for all students (Bailey, 2005).
Individual Efforts Lead to Substantial Change
Be the change you wish to see.
Provide training to all school faculty and staff to learn about and understand the needs of gay and lesbian youth and to develop the skills to meet those needs.
Ensure that school policies regarding name-calling and other forms of harassment are explicitly inclusive of students of all sexual orientations and genders, including gender identity, appearance, and behavior.
Intervene whenever name-calling or harassment of any kind occurs.
Ensure that there is a well-trained "safe person" designated to whom students can turn to get accurate information about sexual orientation or gender identity.
Excerpts from Resolution
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That in the service of effecting a healthier learning environment for our LGBTQ students, the Board of Education of the San Francisco Unified School District requests that the Superintendent of Schools create an LGBTQ sub-committee of the Student Advisory Council
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: The SFUSD establish a District-wide procedure for recording, tracking, reporting, and responding to incidences of harassment and discrimination as they are relevant to LGBTQ students, and any other group identified in AB 537, and that the procedure include responsive measures ranging from counseling and education to suspension, expulsion or restorative justice practices, depending upon severity of the action; and
Learn about the experiences of LGBTQ students in our schools.
Look at policies currently in place for LGBTQ students.
Discuss resources available to educators to support LGBTQ students.