Other LGBT Topics
• Understanding Sexual Orientation vs Gender Identity/Expression • LGBTQI Glossary •
• Issues Facing LGBTQI Youth • Rights of LGBT Students (LAD, ABR, Policies) •
•Guidance to Minimize Adverse Effects of ABR Reporting on LGBT Students •

Addressing Issues Related to Sexual Orientation
and Gender Identity Diversity in School, and
Ensuring Safe School Environments for LGBTQI Students

This page is the entry page to the LGBTQQIA section of this website. This section of the website is under development, but the following resources can be found by following the links below. These resources are also accessible using the drop-down menus in the left navigation bar.

Links to resources on the Spectrum Diversity website:

Glossary of LGBTQQIA terminology, with beginner, intermediate, and advanced options. Or, download a one-page glossary handout that explains the difference between sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, and provides definitions for a few important terms.

The impact of the ABR on LGBT students, with particular focus on the danger that the reporting, investigation, and notification procedures required by the ABR will "out" students to peers and parents, thereby placing them in greater danger instead of providing greater protection, and the collateral effect of the fear of being outed on student willingness to report anti-LGBT harassment (Note: following this link will take you out of the LGBT section of this website, and into the ABR section of this website. This link provides access to a 4-page handout including suggested guidance for NJ schools, and a link to the Massachusetts guidance on this same issue.)

Links to resources outside the Spectrum Diversity website: (most of these links will take you directly to a .pdf on another website, which might begin automatic download depending on your browser settings. These documents are not located on the Spectrum Diversity website, and are not Spectrum Diversity products.)

American Psychological Association FAQs documents. These are excellent, 3-6 page long documents that are very useful for general education on LGBTQI topics. They include "Answers to your questions for a better understanding of sexual orientation," "Answers to your questions about transgender people, gender identity, and gender expression," and "Answers to your questions about individuals with intersex conditions." If these active links don't work, copy and paste the following addresses into your browser: http://www.apa.org/topics/lgbt/orientation.aspx http://www.apa.org/topics/lgbt/transgender.pdf http://www.apa.org/topics/lgbt/intersex.pdf

Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) National School Climate Survey. Download the full survey report (http://glsen.org/nscs) or download a report specific to your state (http://glsen.org/statesnapshots)

Transgender Model District Policy, available on the GLSEN website at glsen.org/article/transgender-model-district-policy or click here.

Children Of Lesbians And Gays Everywhere (COLAGE) Tips for Making Schools Safer for Youth with LGBTQ Parents. The full document is available by emailing COLAGE; view the online summary and email instructions at: http://www.colage.org/resources/tips-for-making-classrooms-safer-for-youth-with-lgbtq-parents/

Additional resources available from Spectrum Diversity, as well as a reource list of other organizations, can be found on the LGBT Resource page.