LGBTQ SUPPORT AND RIGHTS

 Tips To LGBTQ Students:

  1. Find a trusted adult (guidance counselor, teacher, parent) or ally that you can confide in. Tell them you have something to get off your chest, or something you’d like to talk about.
  2. Join your school’s GSA or local youth group for LGBTQIA+ support
  3. Know your rights! In certain states and counties, you have the right to use the bathroom in which you identify. Similarly, there are laws and policies to protect you from discrimination and bullying.
  4. Let it out! Start a diary or journal and write things that bother you or hurt you. It may be easy to move forward if you’ve vented and let loose.
  5. Be proud. You are not alone. We are strong and unique.

What We Want Parents to Know

Tips LGBTQ Teens Would Give To Their Parents

  1. Talk to us. Have an open mind and an open discussion.
  2. Accept your child for who they are.
  3. Learn the LGBTQ terminology, use preferred pronouns, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  4. Remember your child can change their sexual orientation or gender at anytime. We know this seems confusing. Refer back to #1.
  5. Understand the difference between sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
  6. Don’t tell transgender youth that they were more pretty/handsome as what they were before.
  7. Don’t guilt them by saying their lifestyle is affecting yours negatively.

NVEEE | Difficulties LGBTQ Youth Face in School NVEEE

Tips we Would Give a Trans or Genderqueer Student

  1. Know Your Rights
  2. Find your allies
  3. Tell your teachers and other staff about pronouns and preferred names
  4. Have a safe space in your school for when you need to escape or take a break
  5. Find a teacher or staff member that can be your ally

LGBTQ Teens React to the Bathroom Discrimination Laws

Tips we would Give an LGBT Ally

  1. Don’t OUT anyone! EVER! Just because someone is out to you, doesn’t mean they are out to everyone else. Ask them if there are any limitations or circumstances in which they’d like you to address them differently.
  2. If you mess up your friend’s pronouns, apologize once. Don’t overdo it, that just makes things awkward. Remember and make sure you don’t do it again. Practice on your own time if you need to!
  3. Just because they aren’t there, doesn’t mean you can use the wrong name/pronouns. Respect their identity at all times!
  4. Don’t ask inappropriate questions about their genitalia or their sex life, they’re called private parts for a reason!
  5. Never invalidate their identity by saying things like “This is _____, but they used to be _____.”

What Draws You to NVEEE as LGBTQ Youth

Federal Civil Rights Laws and Sexual Orientation

Federal civil rights laws do not cover harassment based on sexual orientation. Often, bullying towards LGBT youth targets their non-conformity to gender norms. This may be sexual harassment covered under Title IX. Read more about federal civil rights laws.

Many states protect against bullying because of sexual orientation in their state laws.

Resources

StopBullying.gov

South Florida organizations that offer educational workshops on Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation and beyond:

  • YES Institute: YES Institute is a recognized leader in providing powerful, action-oriented dialogue and quality research-based education on gender and orientation.
  • SunServe: Recognizing that the entire LGBTQ community has the right to quality care, our mission is to provide critical life assistance and professional mental health services with an emphases on economically disadvantaged, marginalized youth, and senior adults in the greater South Florida metropolitan area. 
  • The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth: The Alliance for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth coordinates a full range of quality services through partnerships with many Miami-Dade County service organizations. We serve youth, families and their communities while advocating for equal rights and status of all youth regardless of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity/ expression.
  • Pridelines: To support, educate and empower South Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and the community at large in safe and diverse environments through affirming programs and services to promote dialogue, wellness and foster social change.
  • Safe Schools South Florida: Safe Schools South Florida’s mission is to create safer schools where all students can learn and thrive, regardless of real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, their own or that of their parents/guardians.

National Resources:

Resources for Educators and School Administrators

Resources for Parents and Family Members