1.1 Why this matters
LGBTQIA students, parents, and coworkers are present in all school communities. This resource will help you support these groups to meet their unique needs.
LGTBQIA issues matter to educators because:
- students who feel supported as individuals (which includes their sexuality, gender identity, and gender expression) perform better in school.
- students may come to you with questions.
- students may ask for your support.
- LGBTQIA students are protected by the North Carolina School Violence Prevention Act and Title IX.
LGBTQIA communities are diverse, and their vibrancy and resilience can be positive forces in your school. By familiarizing yourself with LGBTQIA vocabulary, school-related issues, and LGBTQIA-related classroom lessons and practices, you can provide a safe and welcoming environment for all students.
For teachers in North Carolina, the School Violence Prevention Act protects students from bullying for real or perceived gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The 2012 update to the law includes cyberbullying. As a school employee, it is your duty to uphold the law and protect all students from bullying. To learn more, check out this implementation toolkit from Equality North Carolina.
Lastly, Title IX protects all students, including transgender students, from discrimination. As a report released by the U.S. Department of Education states:
Title IX’s sex discrimination prohibition extends to claims of discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity and OCR accepts such complaints for investigation. Similarly, the actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of the parties does not change a school’s obligations.