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ERIC Number: ED512337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 47
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9340-9207-1
The Safe Space Kit: Guide to Being an Ally to LGBT Students
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
"The Safe Space Kit" is designed to help educators create a safe space for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) students. One of the most effective ways for an educator to create a safe space is to be a supportive ally to LGBT students. The hard copy of "The Safe Space Kit" includes the "Guide to Being an Ally," ten "Safe Space" stickers and two Safe Space posters. The downloaded PDF of "The Safe Space Kit" includes the "Guide to Being an Ally," a printable poster and printable stickers. The "Guide to Being an Ally" will provide you with practical ways that you can be an ally to LGBT students and create a safer school environment for all students. By displaying the posters and stickers, you can make yourself a highly visible ally within the school community. This guide will provide practical ways to transform schools into a safer space for all students by supporting and educating students, sharing an educator's knowledge with other educators and advocating for school-wide changes. The "Ask Yourself" questions throughout this guide provide an opportunity for an educator to consider his own experiences and beliefs about the information provided and how it may relate to his own work in school. Once he has reviewed the guide, he will be ready to make himself visible as an ally by displaying the "Safe Space" posters and stickers in his office or classroom. The "Guide to Being an Ally" contains four main sections. "Know the Issues" gives background information about the experiences of LGBT students and anti-LGBT bias. "Support" describes specific actions an educator can take to be an effective support to LGBT students. "Educate" discusses ways to teach students and inform school staff about combating anti-LGBT bias and behavior. "Advocate" provides strategies an educator can use to promote change within his school. The last section includes additional materials, including definitions of LGBT-related terms and a comprehensive list of resources and referral sources for LGBT youth. A glossary and a list of resources are also included. [Printable poster and printable stickers are not included in the ERIC version of this document.]
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). 121 West 27th Street Suite 804, New York, NY 10001. Tel: 212-727-0135; Fax: 212-727-0254; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)