According to the 2017 GLSEN Colorado State Snapshot, over half of LGBTQ students in Colorado surveyed expressed that they had experienced verbal harassment at school related to their gender identity or sexual orientation; only 49% that their school administration was supportive of LGBTQ students; and only 24% were taught positive representations of LGBTQ people, history, or event (“inclusive curriculum”). LGBTQ students I work with regularly tell me that the biggest thing they wish was that their educators were more knowledgeable about LGBTQ issues. They often feel like they have to be the experts when it comes to navigating difficult situations with their peers like harassment, or even discrimination at the larger level at their schools. As educators it is our responsibility to help guide youth through these challenges, but many educators do not feel properly prepared for this, or perhaps aren’t aware of what the needs might be for LGBTQ students and are blind to existing problems.
Trainings for teachers can make a critical intervention in a LGBTQ student’s life. This is why the JCEA LGBTQ Caucus has partnered with GLSEN for a FREE training for all educators. The “Creating Safer Spaces for LGBTQ Youth in Schools” training will be held:
- Saturday, April 27th, 9am – 12pm
- JCEA Office: 1447 Nelson St.
- Breakfast will be provided
Learn hands on strategies for how to support LGBTQ students through research-based best practices. Sign up in advance here: http://bit.ly/JCEAGLSEN
– Joel Zigman, Jeffco music teacher