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LGBTQ+ Support & Protection

Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth
Our LGBTQ+ students need us to ensure our schools are places where all students are protected and empowered.
Published: May 11, 2023
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How to use this toolkit

  • Read about the importance of supporting and protecting LGBTQ+ students, take action, and get involved with the movement
  • Find art to help you communicate your opinions and express your emotions
  • Learn how to talk about this issue effectively and respectfully, particularly with those who think differently
  • Explore resources to help you learn more about LGBTQ+ issues
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Stand Against Hate and Bias


We all deserve the right to live, work, and thrive no matter our sexual orientation or gender identities—no exceptions. But today, certain politicians are pushing laws that restrict our freedoms and divide us, so they can get and hold onto power at any cost—even if that means denying us the basic rights, resources, and respect that we all deserve.  

Educators, parents, students, and communities are uniting across race, genders, and place to demand safe and affirming schools where all our students can learn, grow, and thrive. 

Now is our time to demand the fully resourced and supportive schools all our families need, and to ensure all LGBTQ+ people are free to be their authentic selves and pursue their dreams. 

Please use the guidance in this toolkit freely and as you see fit! Share it with your colleagues and community, so we can all work together in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. We're absolute believers that if our words don't spread, they don't work and as such we are honored to have you use this language verbatim.

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Resources for Educators

NEA offers educators LGBTQ+ information, tools, and resources they need to support transgender and non-binary students, to be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ history in their classrooms, and to stop LGBTQ+ bias and intolerance in our public schools.
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What Educators Should Know About LGBTQ+ Rights

This guidance answers some FAQs about federal protections for public school students and employees, the threats posted by state legislation, and resources to create an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students.

Legal Guidance on Transgender Students' Rights

This guidance provides educators with a short overview about transgender students’ rights, a description of the key best practices for schools in respecting these rights, and a brief primer regarding transgender issues.
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NEA LGBTQ+ Resources

NEA offers multiple LGBTQ+ Trainings to teach educators and school personnel how to create a safe school climate for students and staff.
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LBGTQ+ Book Recommendations

Inspire and engage your students with Read Across America books that reflect their experiences and expand their horizons. 

Get Recommendations > 

Schools in Transition: A Guide to Support Transgender Students in K-12

This guidance was developed to provide educators with a short overview about transgender students’ rights. 

Get the guide> 

Webinars on Hosting a Virtual GSA and Supporting Students

GLSEN and the NEA created webinars covering topics for elementary, middle, and high school GSAs or Gender and Sexuality Alliances. 

Learn more >

Pronoun Guide

A guide for NEA leaders, members and staff to better understand and use pronouns in a respectful way.

Share your pronouns. When introducing yourself say, “Hi, my name is _____ and I use ______ pronouns.” If you wear a name tag or ID badge, add your pronouns to it.
Apologize briefly and correct yourself when you’ve misgendered someone.
Use gender-neutral pronouns like they/them, when you’re unsure of someone’s pronouns.
Assume a person’s gender identity or pronouns.
Over-apologize when you’ve misgendered someone. Avoid making the moment about your feelings when it should be about them.
Over-apologize when you’ve misgendered someone. Avoid making the moment about your feelings when it should be about them.

Use Your Educator Voice.

We are THE voice for educators in South Carolina. See what membership can mean for you!
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Our Voice Is Our Power.

We’ll advocate for fully-funded public schools. We’ll dismantle unjust systems. We’ll give our students the opportunities they need to succeed. Help us make it happen.

Your Voice. Our Power. Their Future.

The SCEA is an affiliate of the largest professional association of educators in the country. As the leading advocate for the schools South Carolina students deserve, The SCEA works to promote quality public education and to support public school employees.