Supporting LGBTQ Latinx Students
Students thrive when they see themselves — their entire selves — positively reflected in their curriculum. For LGBTQ Latinx students, this means learning about and honoring history, people, and events related to their intersectional identity as both Latinx and LGBTQ.
Latinx Heritage Month is September 15-October 15, but inclusion of LGBTQ Latinx identities in school should happen all year round.
GSAs and educators can include LGBTQ Latinx identities in school using our heroes resource and timeline resource. For more, GLSEN's 2017-2018 National Student Council compiled Latinx heroes who impacted them, and you can also see heroes selected by the 2016-17 National Student Council!
Especially in this political climate, it's important not only to affirm LGBTQ Latinx identities with positive representation but also to ensure that students know how they're protected, especially those who are among the most marginalized. This resource can help undocumented students know their rights. Here are other resources that go beyond inclusion in the curriculum.
Our flagship resource on allyship for educators, the Safe Space Kit, is available in Spanish and English.
GLSEN's Safe Space Kit (Spanish):
- I'm a Gay Chicana High Schooler, Here's What I Need from My Allies
- LGBTQ Latinx Students Share 12 Must-Reads
- What This Bisexual Latina Needs from her Allies, a Latina magazine piece by Charlie Peña of GLSEN's 2016-17 National Student Council
- Why These 10 Latinx Icons Are Inspiring to LGBTQ Youth
- Why Every Child Should Read Books About Diverse Characters
- Working with LGBTQ Students of Color: A Guide for Educators
- Our research report: Shared Differences: The Experiences of LGBTQ Students of Color in Our Nation’s Schools
- Get the Facts, a resource created with Familia es Familia on anti-LGBTQ bullying, available in Spanish and English
- Latinx: A Brief Handbook, written by Arlene Gamio
- Why We Say Latinx: Trans and Gender Non-conforming People Explain, Latina magazine