- Integrate LGBTQ+ topics in the classroom i.e. incorporate LGBTQ+ community leaders in discussions, current events that include LGBTQ+ issues, etc.
- Use LGBTQ+ inclusive language: be clear with your students that homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions are not acceptable and will be addressed in an educational, informative, and non-threatening manner.
- Ask about gender pronouns in introductions, check in each semester, and make it an ongoing practice to refer back to gender pronouns.
- Maintain confidentiality with the confines of your professional responsibilities- create a space where students can talk comfortably about their experiences, but be careful not to “out” a student.
In the Classroom
Specific Suggestions for Working with LGBTQ+ Students of Color:
- Affirm complex identities: LGBT students of color may feel conflicted about acknowledging all parts of themselves and struggle in their efforts to combine their racial, ethnic, religious, cultural, sexual and gender identities.
- Support student resilience: recognize and affirm all parts of their identity and the internal resilience and resources they possess.
- Intervene and protect: be prepared to intervene appropriately when bias-based incidents occur and take proactive steps to create and sustain a healthy and respectful school environment.
Additional information can be found at the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)