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College of Liberal Arts
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lgbt, transgender, inclusive, education, BIPOC, marginalized
Over the last 10 years, there has been a huge shift in LGBTQ culture within the classroom. According to the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey, LGBTQ students are three times as likely to say they’ve seriously considered attempting suicide,” (Minnesota Department of Health). The influx of safety and mental health issues with LGBTQ youth have spiked in the last 5 years. There has been small steps to provide a more inclusive environment: provide Safe Space and/or diversity trainings to staff and faculty, administrators speaking with students about LGBTQ issues and even introducing LGBTQ history in school districts. While this is a great step for schools to take, the work is not done yet within the classrooms. There are a number of students who identify within the community and would like to see more representation of themselves in the novels they read within their English classes.
Having society understand the terminology within the LGBTQIA+ community is crucial for adults understanding the current issues that students are facing inside and outside the classroom. The terminology surrounding gender and sexual identity would be an eye-opening experience for those students who need to feel true to themselves with their true identities. This is in addition to testimonial confessions from students and staff, who may not feel supported within their schools and/or school districts.
Toussaint, Alan, "Inclusive For All! How civic engagement can encourage LGBTQ literature in the classroom" (2023). Culminating Projects in English. 19.