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Can you tell a person is

gay just by looking?

Questions
How can you help make schools a safe
space for LGBTQ youth?
What laws protect the LGBT population?

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education


Network (GLSEN) 2009
Survey of 7, 261 middle and high school
students
9/10 LGBT students experience
harassment at school
2/3 feel unsafe at school due their
sexual orientation
1/3 admitted to skipping at least one day
of school

Dont Say Gay

Recent legislation in Tennessee and


Missouri (2014)
Aims to prevent discussion of LGBT
issues
Discussion of homosexuality in schools
prohibited
First Amendment rights

Court Cases
Tinker v. Des Moines (1969) Protects
symbolic speech
Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000)
Allows exclusion of membership

Social Marketing Campaigns


It Gets Better Project
ThinkB4YouSpeak

Role of Educator
25% of LGBT students turn to teachers before
mental health professionals
LGBT students 4x more likely to attempt suicide
Inclusive classroom climate
Potential LGBT discussions may not be
protected by First Amendment

Creating a Safe School Space

Anti-harassment Policy
Title IX
Gay-Straight Alliance
Safe Zones

References
Bronski, M., & Pellegrini, A. (2013). "You can tell just by looking": And 20 other
myths about LGBT life and people. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
Fredman, A. J., N. J. Schultz, and M. F. Hoffman. '"You're Moving A Frickin' Big
Ship": The Challenges Of Addressing LGBTQ Topics In Public Schools'. Education
and Urban Society 47.1 (2013): 56-85. Web.
Keen, L. (2007) Out law: What LGBT youth should know about their legal rights.
Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
Kosciw, Joseph G. et al. 'The Effect Of Negative School Climate On Academic
Outcomes For LGBT Youth And The Role Of In-School Supports'. Journal of School
Violence 12.1 (2013): 45-63. Web.