Talking about LGBTQ+ Identity

A Guide for PK-16 Educators

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Book Description

Every time I offer a professional development opportunity focused on enacting LGBTQ+ inclusive and liberatory practices, a common concern of educators is that they don't know how to go about this sort of inclusion when they, themselves are still unsure of the appropriate ways to talk about LGBTQ+ identities with their students, or even of the definitions of essential LGBTQ+ terminology. Another common concern is navigating LGBTQ+ laws and policies, which vary by state and locale. This guide has been developed to help educators become familiar with some of this information, differences and similarities between gender identity, expression, and sexual orientation, but also with the understanding that LGBTQ+ identity and knowledge are evolving and ever changing.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The Basics of Gender and Sexuality
  • Understanding the Acronym
  • Other Frequently Used
  • The Gender Unicorn
  • How Do I Talk about LGBTQ+ Identity with My Students?
  • What if I Receive Pushback?
  • Conclusion
  • References

Product Details

  • Published by The Queer Mathematics Teacher
  • Published March 8, 2022
  • 56 Pages
  • Descriptive Test Included for Images
  • Audiobook in Development

What People are Saying

This is a particularly challenging moment to be an educator, and I often wonder how to engage my students in life-saving conversations about race, gender, and sexuality. Dr. Waid’s guide has been an invaluable resource for me in this regard; it is expansive and thoughtful, and invites educators to learn strategies to support students as they try to figure who they are, and — most importantly — how to love themselves with courage and pride. As a teacher and teacher-educator invested in queer futures, I enthusiastically recommend this comprehensive resource to my colleagues.

-Arundhati Velamur

Brandie’s guide represents her own practice with learners and is backed by research. I am thrilled that this resource will help many educators and their students.

-Marian Dingle

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