There's likely an LGBTQ+ student in almost every classroom across Ireland. Here are our ten tips to ensure a supportive school environment:
1. Ensure the school's anti-bullying policy clearly & explicitly addresses homophobic and transphobic bullying.
2. Include all types of families and relationships in class discussions, lessons and resources. The silences around certain representations can be very loud for some students.
3. When pupils use phrases such as ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’ it's essential for the teacher / principal to challenge this. Even if it's not intended as an insult, it can be inferred as such and must not be tolerated.
4. If a student comes out to you respond by thanking them for telling you, continue by asking about their experience in telling others, and let them know of the internal and external support available if needed.
5. Put up an LGBT themed poster!
6. Take part in Stand Up!, a national week against homophobic and transphobic bullying.
6.. Have an SPHE class on the differences between sexual orientation and gender.
7. Respect the correct gender, name and pronoun for addressing transgender or intersex students.
8. Transgender students should be allowed to wear a uniform that corresponds with their gender identity and access toilet and changing facilities that correspond with their gender identity.
10. Book a free ShoutOut workshop!