Resources for addressing GLBT bullying in your school include CTA trainings, legal education and scholarships for teachers who promote understanding. These include:
GLBT Guy De Rosa Safety in Schools Grant and Scholarship Program
The grant and scholarship program was created to promote human and civil rights by making our public schools safe for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons. The grants support projects and presentations that promote understanding and respect for GLBT persons, while the scholarships support members enrolled in a teaching/counseling credential program who are pursuing a career in public education and who understand the importance of GLBT educators as role models in our public schools. For more information, see CTA's page on this scholarship.
Legal Rights for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Employees and Students
California law is clear and sweeping in its protection of gay and lesbian employees and students from discrimination because of sexual orientation. In addition to a brochure that is frequently updated and can be downloaded from this website, CTA also offers a wealth of information on GLBT protection in the members-only section of the website. (You must log in to access this information.)
CTA GLBT Issues Conference
CTA’s annual GLBT Conference held in October addresses GLBT issues involving educators, students and the community. This conference is open to all CTA members and serves as a venue to discuss a variety of subjects affecting the entire membership and California’s youth. Details will be forthcoming on CTA’s conference page.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Leadership Development Program
The CTA Human Rights and Community Outreach Department coordinates the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Leadership Development Program to promote the value of GLBT members’ involvement at all levels within the association. For more information, see CTA's GLBT leadership page.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth: Breaking the Silence
This training provides participants with strategies for reducing hostilities
towards gay and lesbian students and teaches ways to create a safe free learning environment for all students. In addition, participants will learn what their Chapters and Service Centers can do to promote tolerance and understanding of these issues. For more information, see CTA's training page.
CTA Training: Bullying 101 and 102
Every day in our schools, students and teachers are teased, threatened and tormented by bullies. Ignoring bullying creates a climate of fear, hostility and violence. Learn how to recognize bullying, examine its characteristics and find out what you can do as educators to prevent bullying among your students. Participants must attend 101 prior to attending 102 in order to fully understand and participate. Contact your chapter president or primary contact staff to arrange the training through CTA’s Human Rights Department.
Let’s Get Real
CTA members may receive a deep discount on Let’s Get Real, a documentary and curriculum guide on bullying and discrimination that provides an effective way to intervene and stop school violence. To order, contact CTA Human Rights consultant Reena Doyle at (562) 942-7979 or visit CTA's Let's Get Real page.
Harvey Milk Day, May 22
In October 2009, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed a bill to create a state day of recognition for gay civil rights leader Harvey Milk, to be observed on Harvey Milk’s birthday, May 22. Resources for observing the day in classrooms can be found on CTA's Harvey Milk Day page.
“Bully Free: It Starts With Me!”
A new initiative of the NEA Human and Civil Rights Department, the “Bully Free: It Starts With Me!” campaign aims to identify caring adults in our schools and communities who are willing to stand out as someone pledged to help bullied students. For more information, see NEA's Bully Free page.
“As long as GLBT kids are still being bullied, I feel it’s important to educate the educators,” explains Sue Cirillo, co-chair of CTA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues Advisory Committee. The committee has initiated and promoted many of CTA’s efforts, including the annual GLBT Issues Conference in the fall.