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Working with LGBT Students of Color: A Guide for Educators
“He was calling me ‘Latino lesbian’ because...I stand out. There’s not a lot of gay people in my school and there’s not a lot of Hispanic people in my school, so he took the two things that I stand out as and put them into one and he was using it as if it were funny. And I am Latina and I am a lesbian, but when you say it offensively or as if that’s a bad thing, it bothers me because it’s not supposed to be an offensive thing. It’s what I am.”
— Ximena, 9th grade
Want to be an advocate and ally to your LGBT students of color, like Ximena?
Start with the resource in the blue Download Resources box to the right: Considerations When Working with LGBT Students of Color.
Created by GLSEN and the Hetrick-Martin Institute, it will help you think deeply about the ways homophobia, transphobia, racism and classism impact your students on a daily basis.
Explore the considerations and find effective ways to:
- TALK ABOUT IT
- AFFIRM COMPLEX IDENTITIES
- SUPPORT STUDENT RESILIENCE
- INTERVENE AND PREVENT
- PARTNER WITH EXTERNAL RESOURCES
Read, reflect and SHARE!