LGBTQ+ Inclusive Teacher Preparation
LGBTQ+ inclusive teacher preparation programs infuse the experiences, myriad of identities, and issues facing LGBTQ+ peoples and the LGBTQ+ community. These experiences, identities, and issues are made visible and integral not merely to provide future educators with methods for supporting LGBTQ+ students but also ways to bring these experiences, identities, and issues into the classroom for all students to know and better understand.
Though strides have been made in many parts of the world to protect LGBTQ+ peoples, even in these places LGBQ+ face harassment and are “othered” and considered a part of a liminal category within society. Often, the LGBTQ+ communities’ myriad of identities and experiences are ignored or given little attention in school. Thus, schools are heteronormative spaces where heterosexism is reproduced daily through curricula, by teachers and administrators, and in turn by many students. Due to the daily reproduction of heterosexism and the ignoring of...
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