Tuesday, June 14, 2016

BATs and Save our Schools Coalition for Action Statement on Orlando and LGBTQ Community Support Badass Teachers Association

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BATs and Save our Schools Coalition for Action Statement on Orlando and LGBTQ Community Support


Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims, as well as all members of the LGBTQ community and their allies. The echo of these shots have been heard across the country and around the world. It is a sound that will not soon be forgotten.



The recent tragedy in Orlando, Florida has highlighted the deprivation of tolerance that still exists in our society. The intersectionality of education with our societal issues is one that can not be ignored as we call upon fellow educators to recognize and embrace our role in shaping future generations towards creating an inclusive space that will be safe and free of oppression.



To provide an inclusive, safe environment in which all students can learn, it is imperative that the rights of members of the LGBTQ community be recognized and protected at all levels, student, educator, or school staff professional. As bullying initiatives have highlighted in recent years, safety is the number one right of all within a school. However, in spite of these efforts, members of the LGBTQ community are still being intimidated and harassed.



To strive for an environment that is inclusive for all students, we urge all educators to:
  • Include activities and lessons that teach and promote tolerance.
  • Work to make school bullying policies include language that specifically protects gender nonconforming students.
  • Create/build/support a GSA club at school.
  • Offer students the support they need to make their preferred gender identity known. Use their preferred pronoun and name while also respecting their privacy rights and possible need for confidentiality.
  • Advocate for diversity training for all members of the staff and administration.
  • Work to make sure all after school activities and events are inclusive.
  • Advocate for the designation of gender neutral restrooms.



To strive for an environment that is inclusive for all staff, we urge all educators to:Badass Teachers Association:

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