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Opening the Doors for All LGBTQ+ Students

Opening the Doors for All LGBTQ+ Students
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Author(s): Robin McHaelen (True Colors, USA), Fleurette (Flo) King (Thriving Inclusion, USA), Diane J. Goldsmith (University of Rhode Island, USA) and Hayley Pomerantz (University of Rhode Island, USA)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 26
Source title: Research Anthology on Inclusivity and Equity for the LGBTQ+ Community
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-3674-5.ch012


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Given the long history of LGBTQ+ rights and the current evolving climate surrounding social justice for LGBTQ+ individuals, this chapter explores the idea of creating safe, affirming, educational environments for LGBTQ youth in K-12 and post-high-school educational settings. The authors delineate the unique concerns for the elementary, middle, high, and higher education levels separately. At each level, the authors identify the core obstacles that LGBTQ+ individuals face surrounding acceptance, developing autonomy, and gaining support. The authors delve deeply into the programs and interventions that are currently making a difference in school systems around the country and provide educators with specific ways in which they can create inclusive environments for their students. The important caveats to obtaining robust LGBTQ+ research are also discussed.

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