Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Schools
This series was created by the Southeast MHTTC in collaboration with GLSEN and was recorded live in March 2021.
In this series, experts from GLSEN provide (1) an overview of the school experiences of LGBTQ+ secondary school students and (2) an overview of practices and policies that can improve the school experiences of LGBTQ+ students. View flyer with speaker information here. The intended audience for this series is all school personnel, including educators, administrators, providers, staff, etc.
Part 1: Understanding the school experiences of LGBTQ+ students
GLSEN Senior Manager of Youth Programs, a.t. furuya, provides basic terminology on LGBTQ+ youth, such as the differences between gender identity and sexual orientation. GLSEN Research Institute Senior Research Associate, Nhan Truong, provides an overview of research on LGBTQ+ students’ school experiences nationally and in the Southeast, including hostile school climate indicators and LGBTQ+ related supportive school resources. LGBTQ+ youth from GLSEN’s National School Council speak about their school experiences and the challenges they face. Learn how LGBTQ+ youth experiences help inform the work of GLSEN’s Education Youth Programs.
Part 2: Improving the School Experiences of LGBTQ+ Students
This learning session provides an overview of practices and policies that can improve the school experiences of LGBTQ+ students. GLSEN Director of Public Policy, Aaron Ridings, discusses policies that support LGBTQ+ youth in schools. GLSEN Senior Manager of Youth Programs, a.t. furuya, discusses school practices that address the needs of LGBTQ+ students. LGBTQ+ Youth Speakers from the GLSEN National School Council speak about how these school changes and supports would benefit them.