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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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Educators Conflicted on LGBT Issues, Survey Shows
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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10/17 01:17 pm | Teen Suicides Rising Sharply, Federal Data Show | Suicide rates increased by 76 percent for 15- to 19-year-olds between 2007 and 2017 and nearly tripled for 10- 14-year-olds, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Gay couples are making their case to the U.S. Supreme Court over states' refusal to license or recognize such unions, a conflict with an array of implications for schools.
April 22, 2015 – Education Week
High school writing teacher Patty Smith discusses the importance of building an LGBT-inclusive school community.
February 17, 2015 – Education Week
December 3, 2014 – Education Week
Three federal surveys will add questions related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students to help provide a clearer picture of their experiences in school.
October 22, 2014 – Education Week
A new law that requires schools to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity faces a recall effort.
January 22, 2014 – Education Week
Elementary school is a good setting for educators to abandon gender stereotypes and labels of their students, writes Sheryl Boris-Schacter.
June 19, 2013 – Education Week
Educators have a responsibility to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students who live in fear of being bullied at school, writes Peter DeWitt.
February 22, 2012 – Education Week

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