Make schools more welcoming for LGBTQ+ students and their families
END workplace discrimination so teachers can be out. A safe school environment can't happen without a safe work environment.
ENSURE that school policies support the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ students in classrooms, athletics, and other activities free from harassment.
ENSURE curricula across all content areas includes the lives and histories of LGBTQ+ individuals. This requires the end of policies that deem the discussion of LGBTQ+ unhealthy or deviant.
It is important to build a safe environment for all youth, whether they are straight or LGBTQ+. All youth can thrive when they feel supported. Parents, schools, and communities can all play a role in helping LGBTQ+ youth feel physically and emotionally safe:
Depending on the environment, some groups—such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc (LGBTQ+) youth, youth with disabilities, and socially isolated youth—may be at an increased risk of being bullied.
Generally, children who are bullied have one or more of the following risk factors:
However, even if a child has these risk factors, it doesn’t mean that they will be bullied.
“The only thing they have to look forward to is hope. And you have to give them hope. Hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow, hope for a better place to come to if the pressures at home are too great. Hope that all will be all right.”