Tips for Educators
  • Don’t out LGBT students to other people without that student’s permission.
  • Know your local resources (CV Pride, PFLAG, Trevor Project).
  • Apply policies equally (ie: if gay students can’t show public displays of affection, neither should the straight kids).
  • Don’t assume one’s preferred gender pronouns (he/she/zhe/hir/they) and avoid using gendered language whenever possible.
  • Advocate for gender-neutral bathrooms.
  • Whenever possible, refer to relevant LGBT examples in your lesson plans (ie: Stonewall Riots, Harvey Milk, Oscar Wilde).
  • Don’t segregate your classroom based on gender.
  • Treat homophobic and transphobic bullying like sexual harassment or any other type of harassment.
  • Make it clear to your students that complaints about bullying are anonymous, and address situations when they arise.
  • Support Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) on your campus.
  • Learn more about Safe Zones by contacting the Columbus State University Safe Zone Program.

Adapted from We Are Family Charleston with permission.