History is multifaceted. It is an exploration of the past while building an understanding of people, cultures, and the connections to our own lives. When history is ignored or erased it creates an incomplete foundation and can lead to unfounded prejudices and an inadequate understanding of diversity.
The most recent GLSEN survey found that only 1 in 5 queer students "were taught positive representations of LGBTQ people, history, or events in schools." On top of that, more than half of those students were not able to find information within their school libraries. We can undo the patterns of marginalized history by highlighting heroes, the collective movements, everyday lived experiences, and the many cultural contributions continuing today.
Did you know that just one visibly supportive educator in a school can help LGBTQ students feel safe and more seen? (GLSEN). Feeling safe, seen, valued, and capable of growth are simple concepts and pillars of student achievement and studies show that students who attend a school with a fully inclusive environment experience more positive outcomes (Learning for Justice). All students deserve to feel welcome at school.
LGBTQ inclusion benefits all students by promoting acceptance and respect. It teaches students about the diverse people and families in the world.
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While this is not an exhaustive list of resources, I hope this gives you a helpful starting place.