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. .

This Is What LGBT Life Is Like Around the World | Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols | TED Talks

Jenni Chang: When I told my parents I was gay, the first thing they said to me was, “We’re bringing you back to Taiwan.” (Laughter) In their minds, my sexual orientation was America’s fault. The West had corrupted me with divergent ideas, and if only my parents had never left Taiwan, this would not have happened to their only daughter. In truth, I wondered if they were right. Of course, there are gay people in Asia, just as there are gay people in every part of the world. But is the idea of living an “out” life, in the “I’m gay, this is my spouse, and we’re proud of our lives together” kind of way just a Western idea? If I had grown up in Taiwan, or any place outside of the West, would I have found models of happy, thriving LGBT people? Lisa Dazols: I had similar notions. As an HIV social worker in San Francisco, I had met many gay immigrants. They told me their stories of persecution in their home countries, just for being gay, and the reasons why they escaped to the US.

I saw how this had beaten them down. After 10 years of doing this kind of work, I needed better stories for myself. I knew the world was far from perfect, but surely not every gay story was tragic. JC: So as a couple, we both had a need to find stories of hope. So we set off on a mission to travel the world and look for the people we finally termed as the “Supergays.” (Laughter) These would be the LGBT individuals who were doing something extraordinary in the world. They would be courageous, resilient, and most of all, proud of who they were. They would be the kind of person that I aspire to be.

Our plan was to share their stories to the world through film. LD: There was just one problem. We had zero reporting and zero filmmaking experience. (Laughter) We didn’t even know where to find the Supergays, so we just had to trust that we’d figure it all out along the way. So we picked 15 countries in Asia, Africa and South America, countries outside the West that varied in terms of LGBT rights. We bought a camcorder, ordered a book on how to make a documentary — (Laughter) you can learn a lot these days — and set off on an around-the-world trip. JC: One of the first countries that we traveled to was Nepal.

Despite widespread poverty, a decade-long civil war, and now recently, a devastating earthquake, Nepal has made significant strides in the fight for equality. One of the key figures in the movement is Bhumika Shrestha. A beautiful, vibrant transgendered woman, Bhumika has had to overcome being expelled from school and getting incarcerated because of her gender presentation. But, in 2007, Bhumika and Nepal’s LGBT rights organization successfully petitioned the Nepali Supreme Court to protect against LGBT discrimination. Here’s Bhumika: (Video) BS: What I’m most proud of? I’m a transgendered person. I’m so proud of my life. On December 21, 2007, the supreme court gave the decision for the Nepal government to give transgender identity cards and same-sex marriage. LD: I can appreciate Bhumika’s confidence on a daily basis. Something as simple as using a public restroom can be a huge challenge when you don’t fit in to people’s strict gender expectations. Traveling throughout Asia, I tended to freak out women in public restrooms.

They weren’t used to seeing someone like me. I had to come up with a strategy, so that I could just pee in peace. (Laughter) So anytime I would enter a restroom, I would thrust out my chest to show my womanly parts, and try to be as non-threatening as possible. Putting out my hands and saying, “Hello”, just so that people could hear my feminine voice.

This all gets pretty exhausting, but it’s just who I am. I can’t be anything else. JC: After Nepal, we traveled to India. On one hand, India is a Hindu society, without a tradition of homophobia. On the other hand, it is also a society with a deeply patriarchal system, which rejects anything that threatens the male-female order. When we spoke to activists, they told us that empowerment begins with ensuring proper gender equality, where the women’s status is established in society. And in that way, the status of LGBT people can be affirmed as well. LD: There we met Prince Manvendra. He’s the world’s first openly gay prince. Prince Manvendra came out on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” very internationally. His parents disowned him and accused him of bringing great shame to the royal family.

We sat down with Prince Manvendra and talked to him about why he decided to come out so very publicly. Here he is: (Video) Prince Manvendra: I felt there was a lot of need to break this stigma and discrimination which is existing in our society. And that instigated me to come out openly and talk about myself. Whether we are gay, we are lesbian, we are transgender, bisexual or whatever sexual minority we come from, we have to all unite and fight for our rights. Gay rights cannot be won in the court rooms, but in the hearts and the minds of the people. JC: While getting my hair cut, the woman cutting my hair asked me, “Do you have a husband?” Now, this was a dreaded question that I got asked a lot by locals while traveling.

When I explained to her that I was with a woman instead of a man, she was incredulous, and she asked me a lot of questions about my parents’ reactions and whether I was sad that I’d never be able to have children. I told her that there are no limitations to my life and that Lisa and I do plan to have a family some day. Now, this woman was ready to write me off as yet another crazy Westerner. She couldn’t imagine that such a phenomenon could happen in her own country. That is, until I showed her the photos of the Supergays that we interviewed in India. She recognized Prince Manvendra from television and soon I had an audience of other hairdressers interested in meeting me. (Laughter) And in that ordinary afternoon, I had the chance to introduce an entire beauty salon to the social changes that were happening in their own country. LD: From India, we traveled to East Africa, a region known for intolerance towards LGBT people.

In Kenya, 89 percent of people who come out to their families are disowned. Homosexual acts are a crime and can lead to incarceration. In Kenya, we met the soft-spoken David Kuria. David had a huge mission of wanting to work for the poor and improve his own government. So he decided to run for senate. He became Kenya’s first openly gay political candidate. David wanted to run his campaign without denying the reality of who he was. But we were worried for his safety because he started to receive death threats. (Video) David Kuria: At that point, I was really scared because they were actually asking for me to be killed.

And, yeah, there are some people out there who do it and they feel that they are doing a religious obligation. JC: David wasn’t ashamed of who he was. Even in the face of threats, he stayed authentic. LD: At the opposite end of the spectrum is Argentina. Argentina’s a country where 92 percent of the population identifies as Catholic. Yet, Argentina has LGBT laws that are even more progressive than here in the US. In 2010, Argentina became the first country in Latin America and the 10th in the world to adopt marriage equality. There, we met María Rachid. María was a driving force behind that movement. María Rachid (Spanish): I always say that, in reality, the effects of marriage equality are not only for those couples that get married. They are for a lot of people that, even though they may never get married, will be perceived differently by their coworkers, their families and neighbors, from the national state’s message of equality.

I feel very proud of Argentina because Argentina today is a model of equality. And hopefully soon, the whole world will have the same rights. JC: When we made the visit to my ancestral lands, I wish I could have shown my parents what we found there. Because here is who we met: (Video) One, two, three. Welcome gays to Shanghai! (Laughter) A whole community of young, beautiful Chinese LGBT people. Sure, they had their struggles. But they were fighting it out. In Shanghai, I had the chance to speak to a local lesbian group and tell them our story in my broken Mandarin Chinese. In Taipei, each time we got onto the metro, we saw yet another lesbian couple holding hands.

And we learned that Asia’s largest LGBT pride event happens just blocks away from where my grandparents live. If only my parents knew. LD: By the time we finished our not-so-straight journey around the world, (Laughter) we had traveled 50,000 miles and logged 120 hours of video footage. We traveled to 15 countries and interviewed 50 Supergays. Turns out, it wasn’t hard to find them at all. JC: Yes, there are still tragedies that happen on the bumpy road to equality.

And let’s not forget that 75 countries still criminalize homosexuality today. But there are also stories of hope and courage in every corner of the world. What we ultimately took away from our journey is, equality is not a Western invention. LD: One of the key factors in this equality movement is momentum, momentum as more and more people embrace their full selves and use whatever opportunities they have to change their part of the world, and momentum as more and more countries find models of equality in one another. When Nepal protected against LGBT discrimination, India pushed harder. When Argentina embraced marriage equality, Uruguay and Brazil followed. When Ireland said yes to equality, (Applause) the world stopped to notice.

When the US Supreme Court makes a statement to the world that we can all be proud of. (Applause) JC: As we reviewed our footage, what we realized is that we were watching a love story. It wasn’t a love story that was expected of me, but it is one filled with more freedom, adventure and love than I could have ever possibly imagined. One year after returning home from our trip, marriage equality came to California. And in the end, we believe, love will win out. (Video) By the power vested in me, by the state of California and by God Almighty, I now pronounce you spouses for life. You may kiss. (Applause) .

Moments That Won’t Make Sense To Straight Girls

– Hey babe, yeah, I’ll pick you in like, 30 minutes. I’m still getting ready. (clipping nails) ‘Kay, see you soon. (heavy bass instrumental music) Katelin, you look amazing today. – Oh, thank you. My boyfriend actually bought me this dress. – Lesbians can’t have sex. – Really? ‘Cause lesbians orgasm 75% of the time during sex, while straight girls only orgasm 61.5% of the time. So, yeah, we can. – Mom, I’ve met a girl. Yeah, she’s awesome. Well, we’ve been on three dates so we uh, bought a shelter cat to celebrate. – I came seven times last night. – Oh, seven times, that’s just rude and excessive. Ugh, honestly. – Hey babe, can you um, put it on? – Yeah, okay.

One sec. (pulling velcro apart) Okay. Sorry, just, just one sec. Um… (pulling velcro apart) Hold on, it’s just, it’s all twisted. It’s just all… – You know what? I can totally turn her straight. (woman sighing) – So before I prescribe you this medication, is there any chance you could be pregnant? – Oh, God no. – Are you on birth control? Do you just have sex with your husband then, is what you’re saying? – Hey Tan, what are you doing? – Looking for a girl who hasn’t dated one of my exes or friends. – Hey guys, I just started watching The L Word.

(girls sighing) – (bleep) Jenny. – Hey Tan, we need a pitcher for our softball team. – What, just ’cause I’m gay you think I play softball? Alright, let’s go. – Do you just keep that on you at all times? – 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

6 Satisfying Moments Queer Women Understand

– Next week, on the 400. – I love you. – I love you, too. – Yes! Maggie, Lily didn’t die this week. (upbeat music) – You know, you look very nice today. – Thank you. Are you flirting with me? – Yeah, yes, yes I am, thank you. – You know the new girl, Cara? – Yeah. – Do you know what, like, her deal is? – Well I heard that she broke up with her girlfriend like a couple weeks ago, but… – So one could argue that she’s like, queer? – Yeah, I mean I think so.

– This guy needs to stop. – So could I get your number? – Actually I’m a lesbian. – And here come the gross comments. – That’s chill, talk to you later. – So do you have a boyfriend? – Um… – Or a girlfriend? Or a partner? – No, I’m telling you, Kristen Stewart’s gay. – No, she’s dating Robert Pattinson. Their love is eternal. Kristen Steward and girlfriend Soko hold hands. – Told ya. (upbeat music) – And their love is eternal. – Totally wishin’ she had pussy. (laughing) .

Dating Problems Every Lesbian Will Recognize

– So I guess this is good… bye. Hey, you still have my Buffy season two DVDs! You bitch. – Aw, Britt, don’t look so sad. It’s been like a month since she’s broke up with you. Come on, you gotta get back out there. – I went on, like, three dates last week, and they were all failures. – What happened? Were they horse lesbians? – No, this was actually a blind date that I had high hopes for. You know, got my puss waxed for it. But I get there, and she’s practically my twin. Like, I’m narcissistic, but I’m not gonna have sex with myself. – It could be fun though.

You guys could like, trade lives like in The Parent Trap. – That was a good movie. – Yeah, but what about your second date? What was wrong with her? Was she a CrossFit lesbian? Like show up with a tractor tire and a kettle bell? – No, second one was actually going really well until her ex-girlfriend showed up out of nowhere and declared her undying love for her and that she built her house with her bare fucking hands. – Aww, that’s so romantic. – U-Haul! Typical. – What about the third date? Lucky number three? – No, that was the worst of all. – But it looks like it’s going so well. – No, look closer. We have the same name. Hi, my name is Brittany, and this is my girlfriend, Brittany? That’s disgusting. What would that wedding invite look like? – I mean, have you tried online dating? – Yeah. I’ve swiped ’til the end of Tinder.

Do you know what that feels like? – No! – We met in person. – Like, years ago. – Yeah, before Tinder. – I’m sure there are plenty of single lesbians left for you in this town. – Yeah, we have a lot of single lesbian friends. – Like Jacqueline! Ok, I met her and a feminist friend. She’s very empowered. She talks about vulvas and how they mean something more than what we think they mean. – No, she hooked with my ex like two years ago at Dina. – Hold on to your taco shell because here comes Cynthia! – Oh, she’s great. – Yeah, I know she’s great. I dated her. – We have a bunch of straight girls who I feel like if you got them a glass of wine things would get a little crazy, right? Like Marsha? – No, I’m done with the whole straight girl thing.

I can’t do that anymore. They think my clit is a pencil eraser. – No, I know that my sister would sleep with you. – She said I was pretty for a lesbian once. I just wanna find a nice, available, single woman who knows she’s into other women that’s done experimenting, isn’t going to move into my apartment after two weeks, hasn’t, you know, slept with people I’ve slept with. Is it really that difficult? Thank you. – What are you reading? – I know, I’m a stereotype. – Ooh, yikes, me too. – Oh, incredible. – But at least you’re – not alone. – ‘Sup? You Brittany? I’m Jean. .

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. .