30: Masculinity and the Waron America's Youth
(pdf format) - human rights
report that documents a murderous tide of under-reported violence that is
claiming the lives of gender non-conforming youth and young adults ages 30
and under, and the dangerous indifference of law enforcement authorities,
policy-makers and mainstream media.
the Mold: An Action Kit for Transgender Youth - from Lambda and NYAC.
"Bending the Mold," offers suggestions for making schools safer, helps teens
address making bathrooms and locker rooms more accessible and identifies ways to
raise the level of discussion about transgender issues in school. The kit
includes specific action steps, such as leading a community discussion about
transgender issues, drafting a petition to make transgender-friendly policy
changes in school and advocating for transgender issues with elected officials
and school administrators.
the Binary: A Tool Kit for Gender Identity Activism in Schools
- from the Gay-Straight Alliance Network/Tides Center,
Transgender Law Center and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
Beyond the Binary is an informative, nuts-and-bolts manual that will help
students and allies fight for gender justice. The manual features compelling
personal accounts of gender identity and its complexity at home and in school.
Student activists will find legal advice, community resources, and organizing
strategies such as tips for organizing the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The
manual will help students, teachers, and advocates to create safer school
environments where gender equity is realized and affirmed. Beyond the
Binary includes facts
based on California law and, therefore, parts of it may not apply to your school
if you live outside California. Other parts - real students' stories, staff
training activities, suggestions for how to make change at your school - are
Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin - 83
video. Documentary about this legendary African-American, gay, Quaker pacifist
activist, without whom there
might never have been a Montgomery Bus Boycott in support
of Rosa Parks or a March on Washington with Martin Luther King's famous "I Have
a Dream" speech. Available from Newsreel for
$195. Order online, or call Newsreel toll free: 877-811-7495.
of Silence Project
student-led day of action is a project of GLSEN. It is
an international event
which is designed to use in schools to raise
awareness and protest the silence faced by LGBT people, and to offer tools with
which to end the silence.
powerful guide to empower young people to fight discrimination in their
local communities and in themselves; co-produced and developed with the AOL Time
Warner Foundation, and co-written with the Anti-Defamation League, the National
Conference for Community and Justice, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Schools Safe - a program
from the ACLU Lesbian and Gay Rights Project
information, assistance and tools to use to make schools safer for LGBT
youth. A 71 page abridged version of the document is available online as a pdf
file. Making Schools Safe is one part
of the ACLU Lesbian & Gay Rights Project’s Youth and Schools initiative that
equips schools, parents, students, and their communities with the legal
information they need to make schools safer for LGBT students.
Alliances: A Handbook for Students, Educators, and Parents
by Ian K. Macgillivray, 2007, Haworth Press. Hard Cover ISBN
978-1-56023-684-9, Soft Cover ISBN 978-1-56023-685-6. This book explains exactly
how to begin this important type of school club that helps build positive
relationships and promotes knowledge and tolerance. This guide tells students
what it takes to start a GSA at their school, teachers how best to work with
GSAs, and helps principals and superintendents to understand the applicable
laws. Parents who read this book can discover for themselves just how positive
an influence the GSA may be in their child's life.
High Cost of Bullying and Liability in Schools
this important article by Mary Jo McGrath, Attorney at Law,
Founder, McGrath Systems, Inc. talks about schools having a legal "duty
to train," "duty to remedy," duty to monitor," and "duty to investigate."
Is Opposing the War an
LGBT Issue? (pdf format)
- This policy brief was created by the American Friends Service Committee
(AFSC) GLBTQ Community Relations Unit in partnership with National Youth Advocacy Coalition
of LGBT Youth
- the interdisciplinary
forum dedicated to improving the quality of life for lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, and questioning youth. This quarterly journal (retitled from the
Journal of Gay & Lesbian Issues in Education to better reflect the journal’s
youth focus) presents peer-reviewed scholarly articles, practitioner-based
essays, policy analyses, and revealing narratives from young people. Edited
by James T. Sears, PhD - Haworth Series on LGBT Youth &
Adolescence; Penn State University.
Suggestions for Prom Time
- reprinted with permission from the Gay-Straight Alliance Network
(headquartered in California and a member of the Safe Schools Coalition as well
as the California Safe Schools Coalition).
Also posted in html format
within the GSA Network News -
History Month Resources
GLSEN's web site contains resources to help you to initiate a dialogue
around LGBT history in your school. See especially "Celebrating Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month," which contains a list of 15
actions students and teachers can take to promote LGBT History Month, as well as
a list of books, films and web resources with information on LGBT history.
Wayman - Marcus Wayman was eighteen years old in 1997 when he committed
suicide after police found condoms in his pocket and concluded he was gay.
Small town police (Minersville, PA)
threatened to out him to the community and family members. Marcus, hours later,
took a revolver and shot himself in the head. In November 2001a jury in
Allentown acquitted the police from any wrongdoing.
Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity)
a staff-development equity project for educators establishes teacher-led,
faculty-centered faculty development seminars in public and private schools
throughout the U.S. and in English-speaking international schools. A week-long
SEED Summer Leaders' Workshop prepares school teachers (usually one or two in a
building or district) to hold year-long reading groups with other teachers to
discuss making school curricula more gender-fair and multiculturally equitable [inclusive of LGBTQ cultures] in
all subject areas.
How Young People Can Make Peace in Their Schools and Communities
a book, a video, a curriculum and an international education program, PeaceJam is built around leading Nobel Peace Laureates who work personally with
youth to pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody. The goal of
PeaceJam is to inspire a new generation of peacemakers who will transform their
local communities, themselves and the world. More
All Families poster series and action guide & Tips for Making Schools
Safer for Youth with LGBT Parents
the Respect All Families posters
were created by the inaugural year of the COLAGE Youth Leadership and Action
Program in the San Francisco Bay Area. The posters are one component of a larger
visibility and awareness project that fights the homophobia facing youth with
LGBT parents and families in schools. These posters created by youth with
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents to raise awareness about
families like theirs. The Action Guide provides ideas and resources for
using the posters. And Tips for Making Schools Safer ... also created by
youth with LGBT parents, provides tools to teachers and educators who would like
to improve the environment for youth with LGBT parents in their school..
More info or to obtain posters, guide or tips:
415-861-5437 x102 or email:
See the posters -- or print your own -- in small format.
a national movement of children, youth and adults with one or more
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents. We build community
and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership
development, education, and advocacy. Offers chapters and events nationally,
visibility tools and resources for schools and communities, Speak OUT national
network of youth leaders, online communities and more.1550 Bryant Street, Suite
830, San Francisco, CA 94103; Phone: 415-861-KIDS (5437); fax: 415-255-8345;
Rock the Vote
- engages and builds the political power of young people in order to
achieve progressive change in the United States using music, popular
culture and new technologies to engage and incite young people to
register and vote in every election.
Safe Space Kit-
from GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network.
Designed to help educators create a safe space for LGBT youth in schools, the
Safe Space Kit features the Guide to Being an Ally to LGBT Students. This guide
complete with posters, stickers and reproducible handouts provides concrete
strategies for supporting LGBT students, educating about anti-LGBT bias and
advocating for changes in your school.
So Change It: A Guide for High School Youth Activists - a guide from
Advocates for Youth and the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project. You could
be working for: Increased HIV education and testing, counseling, and treatment
services; school condom availability; equal and fair treatment for gay, lesbian,
bisexual, and transgender youth; an end to racial/ethnic unfairness; improved
confidential health services for low income youth; or, of course, comprehensive
sex education.This guide can work equally well, regardless of the cause that
fires you up.
Study demonstrates the academic importance of role models
a study published in the January 2002 issue of the
Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine,
which didn't address sexual orientation directly, did demonstrate, among other
findings, that "Having a role model, particularly an individual known to
the adolescent, was also associated with higher self-esteem (P<.001) and
higher grades (P<.05)." The paper reporting on the study was entitled
"Role Models, Ethnic Identity, and Health-Risk Behaviors
in Urban Adolescents" Antronette K. Yancey, MD, MPH; Judith M.
Siegel, PhD, MSHyg; Kimberly L. McDaniel, PhD. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med.
It Back: A Manual for Fighting Slurs on Campus
This amazing 50-page manual is available FREE
online from the GSA network. "Through student organizing and activism,
you can work to prevent slurs and respond effectively when they happen; you can
focus on the source, meaning, and impact of slurs in order to take back hurtful
language in your school. By speaking out against slurs on your campus, you can
also take back the ability of language to empower and strengthen our
Pride; Dispelling Shame
simple one page article by Beth Reis, first published in the Seattle Gay
News. It could be used as a trainers handout. It explains why pride belongs in
the curriculum of every school.
Transgender Equality: A Handbook for Activists and Policymakers
- a 104 page report by Paisley Currah and Shannon Minter, Introduction by
Jamison Green. Defines and describes transgender terms and issues;
discusses the ways sexual orientation and gender identity overlap and differ;
examines the role of gender variance in homophobia and anti-gay violence;
provides information on efforts to achieve basic legal protections for
transgendered people; and suggests strategies for advancing inclusive
anti-discrimination, safe schools, and hate-crimes legislation.
Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students: Your Rights At School - June
(pdf format) - from National
Center for Transgender Equality. Bullying, harassment, or discrimination
against transgender or gender nonconforming students is covered by Title IX,
a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in schools. This resource
outlines the rights trans and gender nonconforming students have in schools
and how to file formal complaints.
Murder Statistics, 1970 to 2004
- another handout designed for use in conjunction with the Remembering
Our Dead and Day of Remembrance projects. This can also be run as a back page to
the handout above.
-this simple student
driven activity written by Nancy Meltzoff works well across all grade levels
when administration and staff are supportive. It is also a good example of
an activity that may help garner support from administration and staff for anti
bullying efforts. Great doable project for GSA students!
Shared on the Safe Schools Coalition website with permission.
Gay-Straight Alliance clubs as partners
guest viewpoint by Carolyn Laub, founder and executive director of the
Gay-Straight Alliance Network. First published in the Dec. 10, 2002 issue of
School Board News.
Shared on the Safe Schools Coalition website with permission.
to Ask School Board Candidates and What They Ought to Tell You in Response(pdf format)
- this is a
free publication from the Safe Schools Coalition to help voters, taxpayers,
parents, school staff and students frame what you want to know from school board
candidates. We recommend using this information not only prior to elections, to
help you evaluate candidates' positions, but also after elections to help you
educate new board members about what their LGBT students, parents/guardians,
employees and their allies need.
The National Youth Advocacy Coalition with support from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention Division of HIV/AIDS, Capacity Building Branch,
has created a national strategy to increase HIV testing rates among youth.
This project is a youth-driven effort to provide communities with materials that
promote HIV testing among youth in an empowering and authentic way, recognizing
the skills, determination and ability of young people to mobilize, talk honestly
and take action to stop the spread of HIV among their peers, families, and
communities. This project includes a community level mobilization effort
where youth serving agencies partner with AIDS service organizations in a
planning process to identify strategies to promote HIV testing to youth and
- this email listserv run by Youth Guardian Services
connects people working towards the advancement of queer-friendly primary and
secondary schools in North America by bringing groups and individuals together
to work on strategies to bring a halt to homophobia in primary and secondary
schools; and by resisting religious right and far-right political and
legislative initiatives against gay youth in primary and secondary schools and
in colleges and universities.