“Sexual orientation and gender diversity provide the world with a variety that is special and should be acknowledged.”
California is the first and only state to mandate that students be taught about the contributions of LGBTQ people in social sciences classes.
The data on the number of students who are bullied, who feel unsafe, and who have an active plan for suicide is shocking.
According to educators, the GLSEN survey has been one of the most valuable tools in capturing and quantifying the experiences of LGBTQ youth in our schools.
In order to use the boy’s bathroom in his high school—the bathroom which conforms with his gender identity—Ash Whitaker had to take the Kenosha Unified School District to court.
“Once you empower students you can start a movement.”
“We want every student to know we respect who you are as an individual and accept you as part of our school family.”
“This is a public school and everybody is welcome as they are. The onus is on us to make any accommodations within our human power to help all of our students feel safe and happy.”
Tensions came to a head when students showed solidarity with fellow students by wearing rainbow colors to school on LGBT Spirit Day. Not to be outdone, some of their classmates showed up the next day draped in Confederate flags.
“The challenge has been to convince people that standing up for LGBT students has nothing to do with sex and everything to do with making these students feel safe and supported because every student deserves that.”