What Challenges Do Queer Students Face?
How Can Schools Address Challenges Faced by Queer Students?
- Does the staff use chosen names and pronouns?
- Does the dress code account for students of all gender expressions?
- Are options for bathrooms, locker rooms, and other traditionally gendered spaces accessible to and safe for students of all gender identities?
- Who are students allowed to bring as guests to dances?
- Does health and/or sex education include different reproductive options?
- Is safe sex for nonheterosexual relationships covered?
- Are students learning about queer history, including violence and activism?
- Are students learning about the positive contributions of queer people throughout history?
Representation in Community
- Are different family compositions represented in the visuals throughout the school?
- Are different identities incorporated in lessons and word problems?
- What clubs, organizations and/or affinity groups exist for people who have unique identities, beliefs or interests?
- What other social opportunities can be created for those students?
- How can staff undo socialization against queer identities that might have happened at home?
- How can staff educate students to understand that that there isn’t a normal and celebrate differences?
- What actions can be taken to minimize the effects of bullying?
- Do students know where to turn to and feel comfortable asking for help?
- How can the school provide opportunities for students to build their relationships with their families? The community?
- Is the connection between the student and the school being cultivated?
- What systems are in place for identifying students in need of interpersonal support?
- What systems are in place for meeting students’ needs for interpersonal support?
Discrimination Faced by Queer Students in Schools
|Discriminatory Policy or Practice||Percentage of Students|
Disciplined for public displays of affection that were not disciplined among non-LGBTQ students
Prevented from wearing clothes considered “inappropriate” based on their legal sex
Prohibited from discussing or writing about LGBTQ topics in school assignments
Prohibited from including LGBTQ topics in school extracurricular activities
Restricted from forming or promoting a gay-straight alliance
Prevented from attending a dance or function with someone of the same gender