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LGBTQ Students COVID-19 Resource

By Charlotte Robinson, May 20, 2020
The National Education Association & Human Rights Campaign released a new resource for educators to help support LGBTQ students during COVID-19 & online distance learning. Lily Eskelsen Garcia NEA President stated, “NEA is proud to partner with the Human Rights Campaign to promote this valuable & timely checklist to support LGBTQ student during this COVID-19 pandemic. School buildings are closed for now, but the work of educators continues & during these challenging times, we need to make sure that we continue to provide a safe & affirming learning experience for LGBTQ students during distance learning.” By using a free HRC Zoom background or by visibly displaying LGBTQ-affirming posters when speaking on screen, educators can quickly send the message that the learning environment respects & affirms LGBTQ identities. Educators can also normalize pronoun use by adding their own pronouns to virtual platforms & allowing space for students to share their own. It is important to note that not all students will have access to private connections. This may impact the name or pronouns they use as parents/guardians could potentially listen in. Educators should also talk to their students about internet safety & suggest affirming online options where they can connect with their LGBTQ peers & can receive support from trained professionals. NEA is the nation's largest professional employee organization & is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state & in more than 14,000 communities across the United States. HRC is the largest national LGBTQ organization.
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