How can we create LGBTQ safe spaces in school with the help of technology?
Updated: Oct 12, 2019
Taking the steps to address inclusion and equity in the classroom
Bullying in schools based on sexual orientation and gender identity affects students' ability to thrive. According to results from a recent national behavior survey, U.S. high school students who self-identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual are bullied at a higher rate than their heterosexual peers . These queer students are bullied for how they express themselves through gender identity and because of who they are attracted to. Bullying can include physical violence, psychological harassment, isolation, discrimination, mocking and teasing. According to the Center for Disease Control, "Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for poor school adjustment, sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression." Tragically, students that identify as LGBTQ are set up for failure within our current systems. All students must be supported and represented in school in order to feel like a connected member of the community. Work together with your colleagues, or invite students to work together to create a classroom environment that is inclusive for students that identify as LGBTQ.
Follow the directions below:
In groups of 2-3, design a visual aide promoting inclusive spaces that can be initiated in your school fostering the idea of inclusion and representation.
Here are some free resources that might be helpful!:
coggle - Create flow charts and include group collaboration.
piktochart - Create info-graphics, presentations, posters, flyers and reports.
Visme - Create online interactive graphics and presentations.
Storyboard that - Online storyboard creator
Following the creation of the poster, storyboard, flyer, flow chart, ect- draft up a manifesto for ensuring equality in the classroom and present it to your class with the poster.
On this google doc, share your visual with others as well as the manifesto you created. (See example when you click on the link). Here we can share ideas while creating a global community!
Share your ideas in class!
LGBTQ Youth. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.stopbullying.gov/atrisk/groups/lgbt/index.html
Bullying Statistics. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/stats.asp