The following resources were provided by The Safe Schools Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students.
The Safe Schools Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students is a joint initiative between the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. The Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students informs policy and provides training, technical assistance, and professional development to school administrators and staff on topics related to gender identity, sexual orientation, and school climate. You can click the link below for more info. https://www.doe.mass.edu/sfs/lgbtq/
- Gender Unicorn from Trans Student Educational Resources
- WBUR Interview with Nonbinary Youth & ParentAND Resource List
- One parent’s touching story about supporting her transgender son’s gender idenity and gender expression.
- Nonbinary students speak about how adults can support them
- Cartoon about the intersection of physical disability and sexual orientation.
- Two-spirit and genderfluid Native folks speak about their experiences
Language Learning Resources:
- Nonbinary Wiki – Has wealth of information and external links for adapting various languages to be gender inclusive. See language specific links for more info: English, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, etc.
- Using Gender Inclusive Language with Students – Handout developed by Gender Spectrum, provides helpful language for talking about gender with students.
- Collectaneu Linguistica: Language learning beyond the gender binary – Blog about various examples of languages adapting to be more gender inclusive.
- org – Provides a wealth of information about gender neutral / neo pronouns (along with other pronouns), ways to practice, and more.
- NYT Article “What Are Neopronouns?” – beyond she/he/they
Inclusive Curriculum Resources and Inclusive Special Education Guidance:
- Gender Spectrum – Provides a variety of educator tools for creating gender inclusive classrooms. They also have resources for youth, families, and youth serving providers and administrators, including their Gender Support Plan
- The ACLU created a comprehensive guide on supporting transgender students in K-12. Page 60-67 provides guidance on assessing transgender students for Special Education.
- The Human Rights Campaign are a powerful LGBTQ+ rights org in the US and they provide some guidance on working with LGBTQ+ students with disabilities. They also helped create the attached two pager that may be helpful along similar lines.
- AMAZE – Has tons of sexual health curriculum resources, videos, guides for caregivers and educators as well as students.
Additional Resources/Guidance from the Commission on LGBTQ Youth / Safe Schools Program / DESE:
- Commission on LGBTQ Youth – Resource Map – Interactive and downloadable resource map for LGBTQ supports across the state. Always being updated, so check back often for more resources.
- Massachusetts Guidance on Gender Identity – This document is created by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to support schools in creating safe and supportive school environments on the basis of gender identity.
- Principles for Ensure Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for LGBTQ Students– The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted a set of principles to ensure safe and supportive environments for LGBTQ students. These principles were approved on March 24, 2015.
Miscellaneous resources and information
- A map of gender diversity across the globe
- A map of Safe School laws in the US
- ACLU information page on legislation negatively impacting LGBTQ+ rights across the US (including anti-trans “sports” and health bills)
- More info on Two-Spirit identities and a great documentary about one young Hawaiian person’s gender identity journey