ERIC Number: ED410359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
What You Can Do...To Help End Homophobia in Your School.
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Teachers Network, New York, NY.
The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Teachers' Network presents suggestions for teachers for eliminating homophobia in schools. The following suggestions are intended as starting points as teachers begin to think about the issue of homophobia in school: (1) guarantee equality; (2) create a safe environment; (3) provide role models; (4) provide support for students; (5) provide training for faculty and staff; (6) reassess the curriculum; (7) provide appropriate health care and education; (8) diversify library and media holdings; (9) broaden enlightenment programs; and (10) do not assume that students and other teachers are heterosexual. Gay and lesbian members of the school community need to know that their schools value equality and that they are protected against discrimination. Schools should add sexual orientation to their statements of nondiscrimination. For students, peer support and acceptance is the key to a feeling of belonging. Being gay is not a health issue, but health education on sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases should address the issues of gay and lesbian people sensitively. (SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Teachers Network, New York, NY.