Volume 15 Issue 6
- Be aware — take the risk and challenge offensive behavior.
- Find a way to address anti-GLBT slurs like “That’s so gay.”
- Display signs, symbols (rainbows/rainbow colors) and posters that identify the classroom and campus as a safe zone where GLBT students can feel supported.
- Support GLBT student clubs, such as a Gay-Straight Alliance.
- Present positive GLBT images and role models embedded in the curriculum.
- Become aware of your own language and make changes if needed.
- Ensure that school personnel and the school district enforce policies that protect against sexual orientation discrimination.
- Work with your union or school district to offer training for staff. Both CTA and NEA offer specific trainings regarding GLBT issues.
- Do not use stereotypes or biased language.
- Respect the confidentiality of your students regarding their sexuality.
- Be supportive and empathetic if a GLBT student comes to you with concerns, and if you can’t be, take the time to identify individuals who can.
Compiled from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and “Creating Homophobia-Free Classrooms” by Eleanor Evans, San Diego Teachers Association