2013 - 2014 School Year, Forward for Equality
We appreciate you support, both by fighting for equality for our K-12 students, and your financial support in sustaining our work. Remember, ALL students deserve a safe school! Just click on the link below if you'd like to contribute!
2013-2014 School Year
Safe Schools NC's website has a bounty of resources and suggestions for teachers, students, and families to make your school safe and supportive to LGBTQ students.
For teachers, we have an entire section with resources to use within the classroom. Integrate teacher-made anti-bullying and/or LGBTQ-inclusive curricular resources into your lesson planning. Administrators and teachers alike may use our school-wide bullying prevention strategies. If your administration isn't responding to anti-LGBTQ bullying or LGBTQ student needs, we suggest appropriate responses. Reading about the specific concerns facing our minority students is also important, and LGBTQ-focused educational literature and lists of LGBTQ-inclusive children's and young adult books will get you on the right track. We also provide best practices for teaching LGBTQ students and children of LGBTQ parents to avoid some of the common pitfalls well-meaning people face.
For Gay-Straight Alliance leaders, check out our list of activities for your GSA. #1 on the list: Invite Safe Schools NC to speak at your meeting! Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For students being bullied, Safe Schools NC has an online harassment report in which our board members will personally contact you to discuss strategies to address the bullying. Thankfully, North Carolina's School Violence Prevention Act outlaws bullying on the basis of identity, including sexual orientation and gender identity. Our website also explains how to address bullying -- through reporting it, responding to it "in the moment," and avoiding future incidents of bullying.
For families, we have suggestions to make parenting more pleasurable for both parents of LGBTQ children and youth and LGBTQ parents as well as a multitude of anti-bullying and LGBTQ-specific resources.
Remember, ALL students deserves a safe school, and we are here if you need us!
NC's General Assembly
It's important to know who represents you! To find out your rep, go to http://www.ncleg.net/Representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx.
Incorporate LGBTQ issues into your classroom:
Read LGBTQ Literature!
Incorporate Antibullying Lessons in your curriculum!
Display our Safe Space Sticker!
If a classmate is getting bullied or teased, set up a buddy system for them. Find kind-hearted friends to walk with the student to classes and to the bus. Safety exists in numbers! Also, encourage bystanders to speak up! Bystanders hold great power in a bullying situation. If they have enough courage to tell the bully to stop, the bullies won’t get the attention they were hoping for and will be more likely to stop.