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Pride Month in June

  • What is Pride Month?

    Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month is a great opportunity to positively represent the LGBTQ+ community and raise awareness about LGBTQ+ history and issues. Highlighting Pride Month allows schools to continue to foster a safe and inclusive environment where students feel supported and accepted. While inclusive LGBTQ+ content should consistently be a part of a school’s curriculum year-round, Pride Month allows for staff to include LGBTQ+ inclusive learning opportunities in their classrooms. 

    Based on the harassment often faced by the LGBTQ+ community, discussions about LGBTQ+ issues should also include conversations regarding anti-bullying behaviors and respecting others. The Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network [GLSEN] created a toolkit geared towards elementary students that allows teachers to help students understand diversity and respecting one another (to access toolkit click this link).

    LGBTQ-inclusive learning opportunities

    Elementary School Level

    Middle School Level

    High School Level 

    • Read LGBT themed/inclusive books in class: Click here for a list of developmentally appropriate books 
    • Similar to the middle school activity, an appropriate activity for high school students is to allow students to discuss the power that labels hold and become knowledgeable about important terms related to LGBTQ+ youth (click here for activity) 
    • Students can learn about the history of LGBTQ Pride Month starting with the 1969 Stonewall Uprising (click here for lesson plan

    Information for Parents

    There are several ways that parents can support their student/s who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. The National Association of School Psychologists [NASP] offers several ways parents can provide emotional support and enhance their student’s resiliency:

    • Ensuring access to medical and mental health providers when needed.  
    • Seeking your own support and education through national and local LGBTQ+ organizations such as:  
      • PFLAG (www.pflag.org)
      • Trans Youth Family Allies (http://www.imatyfa.org)
      • Stand with Trans and Ally Moms (http://standwithtrans.org) 
      • Visibly seeking their own peer support through local parent support groups
    • Allowing your child to be heard, valued, and validated
    • Being aware of school climate and challenges experienced by your child, as well as demonstrating a willingness to advocate for your child’s physical and psychological safety

    National Association of School Psychologists. (2018). Supporting LGBTQ+ youth during troubling times [handout]. Bethesda, MD. https://www.nasponline.org/x42495.xml