LGBTQ+ Pride Month
In June of 1969, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ (LGBTQ+) community gathered on the streets of New York City's Greenwich Village to protest a police raid of a bar. But this was not just any bar – it was none other than the Stonewall Inn, a now-historic site where patrons fought back against police violence targeted towards gender and sexual minorities. In part, the timing of Pride Month is inspired by these events and is an opportunity for us to celebrate and learn about LGBTQ+ history. The Evergreen Mental Health and Wellness Connections team joins this effort to recognize and support the community.
LGBTQ+ people have made tremendous inroads in securing equal treatment in our society. But we still have a ways to go, and schools are a key area of need to better support LGBTQ+ children and youth. Consider some statistics from GLSEN's 2019 National School Climate Survey:
- 59.1% of LGBTQ students feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, 42.5% because of their gender expression, and 37.4% because of their gender
- 98.8% of LGBTQ students have heard "gay" used in a negative way (e.g., "That's so gay" at school), 75.6% say they hear this frequently or often, and 91.8% say this language distressed them
- 68.7% of LGBTQ students experienced verbal harassment, 25.7% experienced physical harassment, and 11% were physically assaulted based on their sexual orientation
So what to do? We should continue our work to support individual students as they navigate and embrace their own identities. We can do this with individual students, offering a kind ear to listen and talk through their experiences. But we can also take action by bettering the ways we interact with students and with each other. We can establish norms around sharing our pronouns, asking for others', and respecting their pronoun choices (she/her, he/him, they/them, and more). We can support student LGBTQ+ groups to help buttress student belonging. We can create LGBTQ+ inclusive curriculum in our classes. And, of course, we can remain committed to establishing safe means for students to report victimization so that we can address it.
Here at Evergreen School District, we support and protect our LGBTQ+ youth. It is our job to help creative and cultivate safe spaces for all students. Our board has stated how our Education Code protects students under nondiscrimination/harassment concerns, the right to a safe environment, privacy and more. To read more, here is the Evergreen School District Anti-Discrimination Policies.
Learn more about how you can help and get involved from our resources below:
Resources for Parents and Families Supporting their LGBTQ+ Youth
Outlet A program of adolescent counseling services within the Bay Area
The LGBTQ Youth Space A local LGBTQ Youth space is a program of family and Children services. They are a community drop-in center and mental health program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally youth and young adults ages 13-25 who live in Santa Clara County. Parent workshops are also available.
PFLAG PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.
Family Support by MAP Resources for families of transgender and gender diverse children
SFSU's Family Acceptance Project Materials that focus on addressing family support and how to address faith communities.
Family Equality - Books Early elementary LGBTQ family-friendly books
Brightly - Books for Children and Tweens 25 great LGBTQIA+ books for kids and teens
Crisis Intervention Resources
The Trevor Project The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth.
Trans Lifeline Trans Lifeline is run by and for trans people with a goal to provide trans peer support and care for our community.
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