Why Begin in Elementary School?
As an intentionally K-12 organization, we understand the importance of beginning conversations about LGBTQ people and families in elementary school.
While many LGBTQ+-inclusive school supports begin in middle or high school, it is critical for elementary schools to establish a foundation of respect and understanding for all people.
These resources can help you bring LGBTQ+ visibility and inclusion to your classroom, school or district:
- This resource on Elementary Visibility and Integration has best practices and recommendations to begin your advocacy
- Use the common-core standardized lessons from our Ready, Set, Respect! Toolkit to teach about bullying and bias, LGBTQ+ -inclusive family diversity, and challenging gender stereotypes.
Reading the Rainbow: LGBTQ-Inclusive Literacy in the Elementary Classroom to see how other teachers have successfully implemented LGBTQ+ issues into their curriculum.
- We recommend these Four Support for LGBTQ+ - Inclusive Schools: Comprehensive Policies, Supportive Educators, GSAs Clubs, and Inclusive Curriculum.
- Our Gender Triangle Education Guide has helpful definitions and reflection questions for students or adults to think about gender identity and expression.