Supporting LGBTQ Students Faced with Harassment – Podcast Episode 176 | Classnotes Podcast 176

Classnotes Podcast (October 26, 2017) Some young people, especially LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning) kids, are being pushed out of safe and secure learning environments in schools. Now 45 years old, Title IX legislation prohibiting sex-discrimination in federally-funded education programs protects male and female teachers, school staff and students. This includes LBGTQ harassment and assault based on gender stereotypes or gender identity. In this podcast interview for the IDRA EAC-South, Susan Shaffer and Phyllis Lerner outline ways educators can protect LGBTQ children and ensure they have a greater opportunity to learn and be successful in school and beyond.

Susan Shaffer is president of the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc. (MAEC) and executive director of the Center for Education Equity (Region I EAC). Phyllis Lerner is an educational equity consultant and faculty associate, Johns Hopkins University Graduate School of Education. They are interviewed by Hector Bojorquez, assistant director of the federally-funded IDRA EAC-South, which provides technical assistance and training to build capacity of local educators to serve their diverse student populations.

Show length: 18:08.

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Resources

Push Outs – Supporting LGBTQ Students Faced with Sexual & Gender Harassment, by Susan Shaffer and Phyllis Lerner

Harsh Realities: The Experiences of Transgender Youth in Our Nation’s Schools, E. Greytak, J. Kosciw & E. Diaz, GLSEN

The 2011 National School Climate Survey: The Experiences of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in Our Nation’s Schools, GLSEN

Title IX at 45: Advancing Opportunity through Equity Education, National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education


The IDRA EAC-South provides technical assistance and training to build capacity of local educators to serve their diverse student populations. The IDRA EAC-South is one of four regional equity assistance centers and serves Region II, which covers Washington, D.C., and 11 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. IDRA is working with staff at the Southern Education Foundation and the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium to develop local capacity in the region among the 2,341 school districts and 29,632 schools with over 1 million educators and 16 million students. More information is available at http://www.idra.org/eac-south/.


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Show Notes

  • Ms. Shaffer outlines the challenges that many LGBTQ students face in schools, including rejection, bullying and harassment.

  • Ms. Lerner talks about a more “fluid” spectrum of gender identity among today’s youth.

  • Ms. Lerner and Ms. Shaffer discuss equal-protection, anti-bullying, and anti-discrimination laws and provisions protecting LGBTQ students under the U.S. and state constitutions and Title IX, and the equitable implementation of these protections within local school districts.

  • In referencing her article in the October 2017 IDRA Newsletter, Ms. Lerner explains why educators need to use appropriate language when talking about student gender, speaking in a way that doesn’t reinforce stereotypes.

  • Ms. Shaffer identifies signs of distress in LGBTQ students that educators should be aware of.

  • Ms. Shaffer summarizes the structures that schools can put in place to provide a supportive environment for LGBTQ students.