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This month is dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community and advocating for progress on equality and inclusion of LGBTQIA+ folks worldwide.
However, the work and growth must persist beyond Pride month. Change — legislative and societal — takes time. Change goes beyond the bare minimum of acceptance. For progress to be made on the basis of equality for the LGBTQIA+ community, it must be intersectional.
I created this guide for teachers and anyone else who celebrate and be an ally for LGBTQIA+ folks, students, and families. It is a starting point. The real growth and change happen through your own actions and initiative.
Many schools and classrooms still reflect cis heteronormativity. All students and families must be included, welcomed, celebrated, and reflected in the classroom and the environment.
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Click on the links below to explore the sources mentioned in this post!
Glossary of LGBTQIA+ terms from the Human Rights Campaign
The ABCs of LGTBQIA+
Resources for Creating LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Classrooms
Federal Legislation for LGBTQIA+ Rights
"16 queer black pioneers who made history"
Resources on Personal Pronouns: MyPronouns
LGBTQIA+ Organizations to Support
Change.org: Petitions to Protect LGBTQIA+ Rights
Other Suggested Links from Trans Activist Schuyler Bailar
You have probably heard rumors, stories, and news about teaching or work in education. You have questions, concerns, and perceptions. So, I hope to address all of your thoughts in this post to help you make the right choice about pursuing a career or major in education.
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Meghan Hesterman (she/her) is a child advocate and education blogger. While a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), she created Journal of a Future Teacher to share her journey in becoming an early childhood teacher.