Date
25 August 2019

Make LGBTIQA+ content and themes visible across the curriculum

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Developing an inclusive classroom and curriculum’

Consider the impact of invisibility

Consider the impact of invisibility

Ensure all students experience a sense of belonging in your classroom.

When someone with the authority of a teacher describes the world and you are not in it, there is a moment of psychic disequilibrium, as if you looked into a mirror and saw nothing.

Adrienne Rich

Integrate LGBTIQA+ content into the curriculum

Integrate LGBTIQA+ content into the curriculum

Talk about and include LGBTIQA+ people and issues across the curriculum through:

  • normalising LGBTIQA+ people, same-sex relationships, and transgender identities
  • having positive representations of LGBTIQA+ people – invite role models the students can identify with into the classroom
  • using videos and books that illustrate diversity as both normal and everyday, and also something to be celebrated
  • reading children’s books that break gender-role stereotypes
  • interrogating and deconstructing texts that assume hetereosexuality or gender stereotypes
  • visually showing your support for diverse families by displaying images of diverse relationships on the classroom walls
  • using celebrations such as mother’s and father’s day to talk about diversity and celebrate all forms of relationships
  • modelling values of fairness, empathy, acceptance, kindness, respect, and responsibility to and for all people
  • ensuring that classroom responsibilities are inclusive, gender-balanced and not stereotyped.
  • acknowledging and investigating notable international LGBTQA+ dates and events in your school or classroom.

Source: 10 ways educators can make schools safer for LGBT youth (opens in a new tab/window)

Build under­standing of diversity

Build under­standing of diversity

Provide positive examples of sexuality, gender, and physical diversity.

It is an important and effective way to signal that these forms of diversity are ordinary, natural, and worthy of recognition.

Make your commitment to diversity visible

Make your commitment to diversity visible

Consider how families visiting your school will view your inclusivity.

When we were looking around, we noticed at several schools the counsellors had posters up about same-sex attracted youth, which indicated to us, at an institutional level, that they were not discriminating.

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Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Expression

Publisher: RainbowYOUTH

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Website

Out on the shelves

Publisher: InsideOUT

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Develop an inclusive classroom and curriculum”:

Return to the guide “Supporting LGBTIQA+ students”

Guide to Index of the guide: LGBTIQA+ students

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