According to the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network’s 2013 National Safe Schools Survey, 55.5% of LGBTQ students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, while 37.8% felt unsafe because of their gender expression. Additionally, 71.4% of LGBTQ students heard “gay” used in a negative way (e.g., “that’s so gay”) frequently or often at school, and 90.8% reported that they felt distressed because of this language.

Educators are uniquely positioned to address these issues and work towards creating a safe, supportive and affirming school environment for LGBTQ students. Every student deserves the right to attend a school that fully embraces them for who they are and allows them to achieve to their full potential. Educators are a powerful force in creating an LGBTQ-affirming school.

Every student deserves a safe, supportive, and affirming school environment. I, as a caring educator, pledge to create that space for LGBTQ students.

  • I will talk to and share resources with my colleagues to educate them on the needs of LGBTQ students.
  • I will advocate for safe, supportive learning environments for LGBTQ students.
  • I will collaborate with my colleagues, parents, administration, community, and most importantly, my students, to ensure my students have access to LGBTQ-related supports and resources.
  • I will advocate for the rights of transgender students and stand in opposition to anti-transgender legislation, policies, and practices.

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