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New Report On LGBTQ School Inclusion

By Charlotte Robinson, April 19, 2022

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation inaugural Welcoming Schools Annual Report exhibits marked growth & expanded equitable access to virtual PreK-12 training opportunities for educators across the country & internationally. Cheryl Greene, Human Rights Campaign Foundation Welcoming Schools Director stated, “As educators across the country are facing unprecedented challenges with both the pandemic & the relentless cascade of anti-LGBTQ+ bills that target students, parents & educators, this inaugural Welcoming Schools report flips the script to highlight nationwide accomplishments & what an inclusive educational environment truly looks like. Since its inception as a local community effort, the Welcoming Schools program has grown into a nation-wide program committed to affirming LGBTQ+ youth & children in Pre-K-12 schools across the United States, impacting over 10.5 million students. Our work to amplify the voices of inclusive educators & administrators to center the needs of our most marginalized students continues to grow & makes schools everywhere a more safe and welcoming space for all.” Creating a more LGBTQ inclusive environment in schools is imperative given the onslaught of attacks from state legislatures across this country. Especially with states like Texas who has tried to criminalize transition care for minors & recently in Alabama enacted the nation’s first bill to impose criminal penalties on providers of age-appropriate, medically necessary, gender-affirming care for transgender youth. No pun intended, not to mention Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay or Trans” bill stands to block teachers from talking about LGBTQ issues or people further stigmatizing LGBTQ people & isolating LGBTQ kids. Though lawsuits have been filed in these states the attempts to erase our LGBTQ community continues. For More Info…

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