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Posted July 29, 2021

You Can and Must Foster Belonging, Acceptance, and Support for Your LGBTQIA+ Students. It’s a Matter of Life and Death.

Many young people see belonging as a quest to fit in, but it’s so much deeper than that. Belonging means accepting, celebrating, and including our…

By Casey Pettit

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Posted July 9, 2021

Tennessee’s Toxic Politics Are Dangerous for LGBTQ Youth

In rural and small-town America, the pervasive dependency on the church to cope with limited outlets and opportunities can deter local government officials from confronting…

By Araya Baker

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Posted June 21, 2021

Watch Education Secretary Cardona Tell LGBTQ Young People He’s Got Their Backs

“We got your back.” With those four words, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona showed his cousin Alex how simple it really can be to support…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted June 10, 2021

Teachers, Your LGBTQ+ Students Need You to Do More Than Wear a Rainbow T-Shirt or Wave a Flag on Pride Weekend

It’s June, which means Pride Month is here! In a year where many elected officials and school districts are more determined than ever to center…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted June 2, 2021

Virginia Gym Teacher Takes Stand Against Transgender Kids’ Preferred Pronouns

As we begin Pride Month, a far-right, anti-LGBTQ legal advocacy group that labels themselves a Christian advocacy organization is helping a suspended Virginia gym teacher…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Feb. 5, 2021

We Need to Keep Talking About HIV With Our Students

As a kid born in the 70s and raised primarily in Arkansas, I was a skeptic for the first seventeen years of my life. Growing…

By Tim’m West

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Posted Feb. 2, 2021

We Need to Provide Gender Identity-Affirming Mirrors for Our Youngest Learners

J, a seven-year-old boy in my classroom, was bright and energetic, always wanting to help and always starting the day with a smile. J liked…

By Claire Romano

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Posted Nov. 19, 2020

5 Resources to Help Students Feel Seen This Transgender Awareness Week

No group of human beings is a monolith. Transgender students are no exception to that. This Transgender Awareness Week (and all weeks) it’s on us…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted July 29, 2020

This Out and Proud Teacher Could Make History if Elected to the Texas State Board of Education

Michelle Palmer, a longtime Houston community activist and education leader, might soon make history as the first openly LGBTQ+ teacher elected to the Texas State…

By Araya Baker

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Posted June 1, 2020

Home Was My Refuge, But Many LGBTQ+ Students Need More Support During This Pandemic

I was one of the lucky ones—gay kids, that is. My parents accepted me at an early age. On my 13th birthday, just as I…

By Nehemiah Frank

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Posted Oct. 18, 2021

Times Are Tough. Asking Teachers to Get Tougher Isn’t the Answer.

Wednesday started out like any other; I left my house at 7:00 am to drive to my school campus, where I teach bilingual early childhood…

By Megan Hillegass

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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