April 1, 2021
Students of gender and sexual minorities (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students) frequently face discrimination in schools that results in disproportionately poor learning outcomes, lower graduation rates, and widespread bullying and harm. LGBTQ students rarely see themselves reflected in the curricula and educators are seldom supported in teaching about LGBTQ lives and experiences. While more and more states are passing or considering legislation to ensure inclusive curricula, many more are still a long way from realizing this vision. Inclusive policies at other levels (in schools and districts for example) are desperately needed too.
This is a collection of New America’s work and also external research and resources on what it will take to create and scale teaching and learning in PreK-12 that is inclusive of and responsive to the experiences and identities of LGBTQ students.