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Supporting LGBTQIA+ Communities in School
Cover page of the "Supporting LGBTQIA+ Communities in Schools: Guidance for Administrations" publication.

Every child deserves to feel safe, valued, respected, and empowered at school, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Creating inclusive school environments where all students feel welcome requires collaboration and action from school administrators, educators, and students.

MAEC developed three guides for administrators, educators, and LGBTQIA+ students. This series identifies strategies, action items, and resources to build relationships and advocacy with LGBTQIA+ students, staff and communities. You can check out all the resources here:

Resources for Teachers
Teachers are responsible for creating and maintaining safe and inclusive classroom environments for all students. By actively establishing a safe space for LGBTQIA+ students, teachers help foster a sense of acceptance that can lead to greater student outcomes both academically and socio-emotionally.

Guidance for Administrators
Supportive administrators set the tone for creating and maintaining safe and inclusive school climates for all students, staff, families, and visitors. When administrators model welcoming and inclusive practices, they increase connectedness amongst staff and students, improve school climate, and positively impact academic achievement for students. Administrators should address questions and cultural differences when introducing LGBTQIA+ resources to families.

Supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth
Being an LGBTQIA+ person comes with its unique joys and challenges. Out, unsure, or vibrantly queer, you are always deserving of love and opportunity for authentic community. Below are supports to help you confidently advocate for yourself and others.


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