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What Teachers Need to Know to Do Right by Queer Students

Students deserve an LGBTQ-inclusive education, but many educators don’t know where to start, writes Sabia Prescott. (June 21, 2019)

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A scant majority of 51 percent say students should be able to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity in an Education Week national survey of local educators.

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LGBTQ teachers are waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the federal civil rights law guarantees them nationwide protection from workplace discrimination.
January 15, 2020 – Education Week
On the first week of its new term, the U.S. Supreme Court held two hours of intense arguments about whether the main federal job-discrimination law protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees.
October 23, 2019 – Education Week
Don't assume talking about LGBTQ issues has to involve talking about sex, and other important lessons from teachers.
October 11, 2019 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Don't Neglect LGBTQ Students
August 28, 2019 – Education Week
Students deserve an LGBTQ-inclusive education, but many educators don’t know where to start, writes Sabia Prescott.
June 24, 2019 – Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' office for civil rights is reversing itself on several key changes to how it investigates civil rights claims that had infuriated the civil rights community.
November 28, 2018 – Education Week
The Trump administration's move to narrowly define gender according to sex assigned at birth could impact transgender students and schools' policies with respect to their rights.
October 31, 2018 – Education Week
The Education Department's office for civil rights will investigate whether a Georgia elementary school's policy for transgender students contributed to the alleged assault of a girl.
October 10, 2018 – Education Week
Researchers are using storytelling to expand how students talk about sexuality and gender, explains Jen Gilbert.
September 5, 2018 – Education Week
The former U.S. secretary of education discusses the department’s current approach to guns in schools, transgender students, zero-tolerance discipline, and more.
September 12, 2018 – Education Week

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