Creating Safe Schools for LGBT Students

January 9, 2019|OutRight Action International
In collaboration with The School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, OutRight Action International’s publication “Creating Safe Schools & Support for LGBT Students” offers recommendations, highlights important themes, and presents target goals for the future progress of LGBT students’ access to education, ensuring that efforts to build inclusive and equitable education opportunities are truly universal and no student is left behind.

The report offers several recommendations to educators and school systems, including:
  • Committing to ending stigma and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) within education law, policy, guidelines, and curricula.
  • Ensuring that LGBTQI people are actively and meaningfully engaged in the framing and enhancement of education policy, so that it is reflective of and responsive to the experiences and needs of LGBTI people.
  • Repealing discriminatory education laws, policies, and practices that exclude students from accessing education as a result of their real or perceived SOGIESC.
  • Allocating funding and resources toward comprehensive SOGIESC-inclusive sexuality education programs.