LGBTQ inclusion – Tips for Elementary Teachers

We’re here today to talk about LGBTQ inclusion in your classroom and what you can do. Now there are a couple of simple tips – I think this is a topic where people get really overwhelmed – they’re really concerned about doing it the right way. We get into education because we are passionate about helping the next generation succeed, about creating global citizens and educating our young people so the best way that we can create great people, excellent leaders, and good human beings moving forward is to give them the space that they need to be their authentic selves starting at a young age. so I’m going to give you a couple of tips right now of how you can start to create more inclusive spaces in your classrooms.

Now these are tips that you can do individually without institutional support. Tip number one: learn the facts. On average more than 50 percent of teachers surveyed reported that they were uncomfortable intervening when a student was bullied about their real or perceived sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression. According to recent survey 95.8% of LGBTQ students heard anti-gay remarks like faggot or dyke at school. Ninety-five point seven percent of young people heard negative remarks about gender expression and eighty five point seven percent heard negative remarks specifically about transgender people. Eighty five point two percent of LGBTQ students reported that they were verbally harassed, 27 percent reported that they were physically harassed, and 13 percent reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation. And nearly 58 percent of LGBTQ young people reported feeling unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation. These statistics are alarming and it shows that LGBTQ people do not feel safe in school. This alone should be motivation for us to take action. Number two: learn the language. Without having the language or the terminology, we can’t begin to have these conversations inclusion and respect.

So the next step for you as an educator is to become more aware of what the current terminology is regarding sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Our young people are constantly coming up with words that feel authentic to describe their identity and so that language may be very different than the language that you and I learned growing up. So it’s our responsibility as educators as we grow away from that school age to educate ourselves on the terminology that’s current and being used right now. The next step is to train and educate people around you.

If you are part of an organization of teachers or of educators and you have some influence, if you have a professional development group or school in-service days, advocate for LGBTQ inclusion training for your fellow teachers. The next step is to disrupt anti-LGBTQ behavior or comments as soon as you see them. So if we hear or witness anti-LGBTQ remarks or behavior and we do nothing to intervene that sends a very clear message that we think that’s acceptable and for any LGBTQ young person. It’s important that we step in and shut that behavior down immediately. It’s important to send a message to the entire classroom that using anti-LGBTQ remarks making jokes or teasing or bullying young people based on their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity is unacceptable in your classroom. The next step is to integrate LGBTQ topics into your curriculum.

Don’t wait for National Coming Out Day or Day of Silence to talk about LGBTQ issues; integrate it into the rest of the chapters just as you would with any other piece of history. There are gay scientists and lesbian mathematicians and queer people across the world who are doing amazing things it’s important to send the message that LGBTQ people are as a part of the fabric of our nation as any other person. The way that we do this is by providing this visibility throughout the entire academic year and not just designating LGBTQ topics to one or two special days or special events or a theme week in your school.

Another good tip is to set policy or to advocate for policy to be set. Now policy change is hard – I get it. I know by working in in higher education for 11 years that to actually get a policy set or to see change on paper can be really challenging but with your advocating for that in your position as an educator, it will send a message to your boss, your other administrators, to your school district and other stakeholders that this is important for the education of our young people. Another great tip is to be public about your support for your LGBTQ students and for students to be allies. Now there are a lot of different ways that you can do that but visual signs of support will help a student know that your classroom or you are safe space. It could be something as simple as posting a sticker of a rainbow flag in your classroom or by wearing a rainbow pin, by talking about and recognizing LGBTQ people and events of significance when they happen.

It’s going to make a huge difference for those students who are looking for that. It’s also going to create an environment and a culture of inclusion and respect amongst your students and hopefully in your school. This is just the tip of the iceberg. These are just a few things that you can do to create more inclusive spaces in your classroom and for your students so I encourage you to continue to create safer and more inclusive spaces for all of the young people in your classrooms. If you have questions please leave them below or feel free to contact me on social media – @TheChrisMosier.

I’ll be happy to give you more resources, book recommendations, survey information, help you write policies, anything I can do to create these safer spaces for our young people to show up and feel supported and that they can really just be themselves. Thanks for listening. Catch you next time. .

Gay fathers condemned for raising child without ‘mom’: Part 1 | What Would You Do?

JOHN QUIÑONES: Today there are nearly 60,000 adopted and foster children being raised by same-sex couples. ANGELA: Oh she’s so cute! Are you the dad? DAN: Uh, we’re both the dad. We’re married. JOHN QUIÑONES: And married same-sex couples are raising more than 26,000 of those children. ANGELA: Oh. That poor child. KYLE: Excuse me? JOHN QUIÑONES: In New York, where Angela encounters these gay dads… ANGELA: I just don’t think the two men should be raising a child. JOHN QUIÑONES: Gay couples are able to adopt children regardless of marital status. in other parts of the country like Kentucky, for example, Adopting a child jointly was not allowed before gay marriage was legalized in 2015. MELISSA: She’s so cute! Are you the dad? TIM: We’re both the dad. We’re married. MELISSA: Oh that poor child. BRENT: Excuse me? MELISSA: Look if you two wanna be together, that there’s your business, but she’s an innocent little girl. JOHN QUIÑONES: Unlike New York, the state of Kentucky can require same-sex couples to be legally married before adopting. Of course, some people believe same-sex couples shouldn’t even be allowed to marry, let alone adopt a child. You’re in a restaurant, when you overhear a customer criticize these gay parents were adopting and raising a little girl, What Would You Do?™ BRENT: She’s doing just fine…

KYLE: …and we’re a very happy family. ANGELA: She’s just never gonna have the same kind of bond that she would have with a woman. JOHN QUIÑONES: Today, we’re shooting the same scenario in two different places: Orangetown, New York… ANGELA: I just think it’s too much for two men to be raising a child. and Bardstown, Kentucky. MELISSA: Excuse me guys? She’s adawable. Are you the father? TIM & BRENT: We’re both are. JOHN QUIÑONES: These first customers are visiting Bardstown just like our What Would You Do? crew and they decide to grab a bite at Manny’s Kitchen. MELISSA: Don’t you think she should have ayy mowther? BRENT: We’re very happy. TIM: We’re taking care of it, it’s all legal. MELISSA: i don’t think a child should be raised that way. JOHN QUIÑONES: Instead of getting in the middle of the argument… MELISSA: You guys should think about hiring ayy full-tahm female nanny.

JOHN QUIÑONES: …she sits between them. MELISSA: Ay think she needs a female preysence in our life. JOHN QUIÑONES: Blocking our bully’s line of sight! MELISSA: Ma’am, excuse me, but you’re blocking my view. CUSTOMER #1: Lady are you nuts or something? Hey! This lady is annoying me, these other people. We need her to stop! We didn’t come here to be annoyed by you. MELISSA: You want me ta leave? CUSTOMER #1: That would be great JOHN QUIÑONES: He wastes no time answering Melissa’s question. MELISSA: This is unbelievable. JOHN QUIÑONES: Will he answer one of ours? CUSTOMER #1: Thank you.

JOHN QUIÑONES: Hi there, how are you? CUSTOMER #2: Hello. JOHN QUIÑONES: My name is John Quiñones. *rip headphone users* Why did you speak up? CUSTOMER #1: Been in education for a lot of years. The child being happy and well taken care of, that’s the big thing. CUSTOMER #2: She’s probably in a better place than a lot of children are, y’know. JOHN QUIÑONES: It’s a sentiment we hear from other customers. MELISSA: That an innocent child with two gay men raisin’ huurr. JOHN QUIÑONES: The well-being of the child is all that matters. AMANDA: In a normal household. CUSTOMER #3: That’s all what really matters. MELISSA: It’s nahwt right! That little girl growin’ up without a mother Well, yes, but that’s not on purpose they’re doing this deliberately I think that’s shocking Back at the orange town classic diner.

Are you the dad where the dads were married? Oh This customer almost seems entertained By the back and forth, you know, that’s what girl is not gonna have a normal life. She’s fine But as Angela continues she needs a mother Here okay to the real world you have two people celebrating demonstrating fuck You got a lot of nerve, but these are two men Starving to death, I don’t think that they’re gonna have the kind of bond that a mother which is not about your opinion It’s about the welfare of a child with human being The problem in the world is not two men raising a child.

The problem in the world is you making comments like that? We wanted to see what folks would say and you were so eloquent it’s hard to sit back and not say something to defend love How can you not? Man and woman woman and woman man and man two people are taking a child in To help bring that child up in the world and teaching them about love and diversity. It’s a whole new world Back in Kentucky will anyone side with our crude customer? Can you guys believe but they let gay people like those two names adopt children? Despite his own personal beliefs. He still doesn’t approve of her behavior Should gay couples be allowed to adopt a child My opinion no That’s what my Bible says and I want to go by what it says.

It’s a changing world. You said something like that? Well it is you know, the best thing we could do for that lady was to pray for her she had some Haitian heart She did yeah .

Gay Concentration Camps in Chechnya: What Can You Do To Help?

Hey that’s Rowan and in this video I’m going to be talking about the horrendous treatment of gay men in Chechnya this is going to be the first in what I hope is a series of videos on my channel giving you real concrete points of action to take forwards on topics of injustice or suffering that might otherwise make you feel quite helpless to do anything about the situation at the time were filming this video as we know it is that a russian publication broke the news in early april that around 100 gay men in chechnya had been rounded up initial reports said that men have been detained and at least three had died now it’s at least four but with estimates being much more than that initially they said there were two camps but now allegedly there are six that been discovered so many of managed to escape the camps say that they were tortured primarily using electrocution not just as a form of punishment but also to force them to give up the names of other gay men the Chechen president has denied these allegations but he has denied them by saying that there are in fact no gay men in Chechnya at all you cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the Republic he said police in the country are allegedly advocating for honor killings suggesting that parents take care of their children or they’ll do it for them and that made a protest Russian police detained LGBT activists protesting the treatment of gay men in Chechnya initially Putin denies allegations but has literally just backed an inquiry into the hate crimes in Chechnya this is a horrendous situation but there are some things you can do to help so if you only have one minute you can find a petition there are a number going around but I would suggest at the moment signing the Amnesty International petition which I’ll leave a link to you below you can also donate again there are a number of organizations that are taking donations to do with this such as rainbow railroad which helps LGBT asylum seekers and refugees and the Russian LGBT networks that are helping activists on the ground if you have an hour to spare for the cause then it’s time to get in contact with some people when you get in contact with people about a cause that you care about this might be about putting pressure on them to make a difference in the positions of power that they’re in or it might be about you being ever get more information for example you might want to reach out to your local representative or to the UN ambassador of your country to ask what their stance is what they’re doing about it and hold them to account or if you want to contact people to see other things that you might be able to do to help out in the future I’m going to leave links to different charities that working on this project you give them an email and see how much time that you might be able to commit and see if there’s anything you can do if you have a deal so that you can set aside to help them consider maybe fundraising at your school University or work for example that way you can take the donation that you’re able to do in one minute and extrapolate it out by inspiring that people around you to care about this cause as well another thing you can do in a day is go to a protest there are a number of protests outside Russian embassies recently so make sure you’re always looking out for those and prize season is coming up and pride it’s a perfect opportunity to make your voices heard about the issues surrounding LGBT people worldwide and finally if this is an issue that you want to stay informed and engaged about in the long term I’m going to leave a link below to a newsletter you can sign up to four news as and when it comes up and if this is an issue that you feel extremely passionate about and you want to drive towards with all of your activist strengths then I think it might be worth looking at the situation around LGBT asylum seekers and refugees within your country that might be a more wider context issue which releases into this where they were already the organizations probably within your city or within your community that you can lend your time and effort to on a more long-term basis so as I said this is just stuff that you can do based on the situation right now that’s likely to change so keep yourself informed if it’s something that you care about if you’re involved in a course or organization that you would like me to highlight in one of these videos then please get in contact with me email address that I’ll put in the description and if you do any of the action points that I mentioned in the video please let me know in the comments below until I see you next time bye

#GE2017 – Will you take hate crime against LGBT people seriously?

a few months ago I was out we’re used to live in West London and we experience the LGBT hate crime for the first time I decided to report this to me so many people were surprised that this actually happened really it’s an issue that we face all the time as queer people we regularly get people shower up industry make comments stare down us whisper about affirmative this is a real problem LGBT people are facing which is why we need MPs to improve legislation on hate crimes against LGBT people they should be treated as any other hate crime you .

9 Questions Gay People Have For Straight People

– Why is my sexuality “a lifestyle”? – Why do you call it a lifestyle? – Like choosing to wear a dress? – He lives by the beach, that’s his lifestyle. – It’s not really a lifestyle. It’s just my life. Why is that when you find out that I’m gay, you think that I want you? – Standards, first of all. – Everyone has a type. You might not be their type. – Don’t flatter yourself. – Why are you so worried about how I’m going to have kids? – Why does it matter if I’m going to have kids or not? – Technically, the world is overpopulated and me not reproducing is helping you out. – So if I want to have kids, I’m pretty sure I can figure it out. – Why do you feel the need to ask who’s the man and who’s the woman in the relationship? – Last I checked, we were both women.

– That’s why we’re together. Both have lady parts. – Why do you get offended if people ask if you’re gay? – Why would you be offended that someone thinks you’re gay? – I don’t get offended when people think I’m straight. – I mean, I kinda do. – There are worse things. How does it feel to be accurately represented in everything? – Every single show and film ever. – Why is your definition of diversity a gay white man? – I can’t think of anyone who reminds me of me. – The most that I had was Buffy. And she was straight. – Sailor Moon would probably be the closest representation of a young gay Asian. – Why is it that you have such a large dating pool? – But still a really high divorce rate? – Because it’s real marriage because it’s heterosexual. – Why do you have to call it a gay wedding? – It’s just a wedding. – It’s just a wedding. – Is it just so you can charge us more? – If two black people were getting married, would you call it a black wedding? Why do you try to set us up with the very next gay person you see? – I don’t try to set you up with the other straight guy I know.

– We have Tinder or Grinder. What do gay ladies use? Oh, we don’t have one. Okay, never mind. Thank you for trying to set us up. We need help. – You have to take into account the percentage of women that are interested in women and then those precentage of women who I’m attracted to and then those percentage of women who are attracted to me and then those percentage of women that you know, I have chemistry with and that our personalities line up.

And that’s like three women. Maybe. .