IT WILL ONLY GET BETTER IF
If every child learns and understands a more honest history, then our society will begin to heal the pathology that is in large part responsible for the staggering statistics relating to LGBTQ youth and homelessness, suicidality, risk behaviors and drop out rates. Including the history and voices of those who reflect various expressions of gender and sexual orientation within the discussions and teachings of our nation’s classrooms will have enormous impact. Learning and understanding this history, as it relates to the development of our nation and world, will dispel myths and misperceptions and create safer schools and communities for everyone.
Recognition of this need is just the beginning. Most likely, teachers haven’t learned LGBTQ history within their own academic experience; therefore, HUE’s exceptional professional learning and development training is tantamount in importance to the development of HUE’s K-12 LGBTQ Academic Inquiry Series for core subjects. By teaching the educators first, and providing them with exceptional LGBTQ inclusive academic content, the most educative and empowering experience will be afforded to all students.
1 in 5 LGBTQ youth of color attempt suicide
45% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ
82% of LGBTQ youth report being bullied
LGBTQ YOUTH ARE . . .
30% more likely to drop out of school
40% more likely to engage in risk behaviors
60% more likely to skip school