LGBT rights

Posted Nov. 14, 2018

This Transgender Awareness Week, Let’s Create Change, One School District at a Time

As the parent of a transgender child, I’m really not surprised by the Department of Health and Human Services’ recently leaked memo. This attempt to…

By Debi Jackson

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Posted Oct. 11, 2018

‘Sesame Street’ Just Missed a Big Opportunity to Support the LGBT+ Community

Recently, a whirlwind of controversy swirled around speculation that childhood favorites Bert and Ernie, of “Sesame Street,” might be partners—yes, a gay couple. In an…

By Jeff Baker

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Posted July 27, 2018

I Came Out as Transgender to My PE Teacher and He Called Me ‘It’

This is a guest post from Ash Whipple, an Oakland public school student who uses the pronouns they/them. They are a First Robotics Competition Captain…

By Ash Whipple

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Posted Apr. 16, 2018

There Are Small Things We Can Do Every Day to Make Our LGBT Students Feel Safe

The same four students hang out together in front of my classroom most mornings. One set is female and the other male. I do not…

By Jose Lara

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Posted Dec. 20, 2017

This Holiday Season You Should Be Thinking About Homeless LGBTQ+ Students and Here’s Why

The holiday season is a time of year that many spend with family and friends to share in each other’s joys and success and reflect…

By Jenee Duncan, Jemelleh Coes

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Posted Nov. 28, 2017

After One Night on the Street, I’m Thinking About All the Young People Who Are Homeless Every Night

Two weeks before Thanksgiving, I watched a segment on Chicago’s WGN Morning News where two youth told their stories about homelessness. Something changed inside me,…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 26, 2017

You Can Be Teacher of the Year and Still Get Fired for Being Gay

I feel I’m way too young to say I have a place in history, but it is LGBT History Month and I am staking claim.…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Kids Need to Learn About LGBT Heroes Like Edith Windsor

Look at this photo of Edie Windsor. When was she ever photographed looking anything other than confident and jubilant, arms extended and something bright, some…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Oct. 11, 2017

Affirming Our LGBTQ+ Educators Is Essential to Fighting Prejudice

I have long since forgiven the eighth-grader who, during my first year as a school counselor, called me a “f-ggot.” But I could never forget…

By Jeff Baker

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Posted Oct. 11, 2017

How Two Students’ Warmth and Support Helped Me Come Out at School

It’s National Coming Out Day. It may not be apparent that there are many places to come out if you are LGBTQ. There’s your family,…

By Becky Tapley

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Posted Jan. 10, 2019

Showing Up and Doing Well in School Should Lead to Better Opportunity But It’s Not Always True

Low-income and minority students are not being challenged nearly as much as their White peers in high school, according to a new study produced by…

By Kate Hardiman

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Posted Jan. 7, 2019

XQ’s 19th Super School Is an Oakland Diverse-by-Design Charter High School Founded by a Local Teacher

Today, Latitude High School becomes the 19th XQ Super School, and receives a five-year, $10 million grant to further its innovative work deepening students’ connections…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 8, 2019

My Student Asked Me If I Was Racist So I Told the Truth and Said Yes

“Mr. Wright, are you racist?” My West Philadelphia classroom, which had been filled with the sounds of shuffling papers, squeaking chairs, and the quintessential high-paced…

By Zachary Wright 

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