This month marks the 50th anniversary of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) pride traditions that began after the 1969 Stonewall Uprising (Library of Congress). The days-long uprising against police violence and discrimination toward the LGBT community was initially commemorated with a parade. Now, pride events span the entire month.
While Pride Month is a way to celebrate, it was also established to raise awareness about current issues facing the LGBT community. According to the DPI 2019 Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey Report, students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender show consistently higher risks across YRBS topic areas including anxiety, experiencing sexual assault, and considering suicide.
Creating safe and supportive school environments for all youth, including those who identify as LGBT is essential for their educational success. The DPI Safe Schools for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Students web page provides information on how to create a safe and supportive school environment. Schools can:
- Adopt school nondiscrimination and anti-bullying policies that enumerate or specifically include actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
- Train teachers on how to intervene when harassment takes place.
- Create school-based support groups or clubs.
Information for following through on each of these research-based methods is outlined on the web page.
For more information, visit the DPI Safe Schools for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Students web page and the Family Acceptance Project website.
Library of Congress. n.d. “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month.” Accessed June 2, 2020. https://www.loc.gov/lgbt-pride-month/about/