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  • 1. GLBT Youth: Free 2 B U How to be a strong and supportive ally
  • 2. What are we gonna do today?
    • Riddle Scale – Where are you at?
    • Talk about GLBTQQA terms
    • Youth in WI – Facts and stuff.
    • Know your rights
    • Riddle revisited
    • How to be a Strong and Supportive Ally
  • 3. Riddle Scale
    • Nurturance
    • Appreciation
    • Admiration
    • Support
    • Acceptance
    • Tolerance
    • Pity
    • Repulsion
  • 4. Terms 101
    • Biological Sex: This can be considered our “packaging” and is determined by our chromosomes, our hormones, and our internal and external genitalia.
    • Gender Identity: Our innermost concept of self as “ male” or “female”—what we perceive and call ourselves.
    • Gender Role: This is the set of roles and behaviors assigned to females and males by society.
    • Transgender: A broad term that includes transsexuals, cross-dressers, drag queens/kings, and people who do not identify as either of the two sexes as currently defined.
    • Cisgender: This term refers to someone whose gender identity is the same as the biological sex they were assigned at birth .
    • Straight Ally: Any non-LGBT person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBT people.
  • 5.
    • Gender Expression: Refers to the ways in which people externally communicate their gender identity to others through behavior, clothing, haircut, voice, and emphasizing, de-emphasizing, or changing their bodies’ characteristics.
    • Sexual Orientation: This is determined by our sexual and emotional attractions. Categories of sexual orientation include homosexuals—gay, lesbian—attracted to some members of the same sex; bisexuals, attracted to some members of more than one sex; and heterosexuals, attracted to some members of another sex.
    • Sexual Identity: This is how we perceive and what we call ourselves. Such labels include “lesbian,” “gay,” “bisexual,” “bi,” “queer,” “questioning,” “heterosexual,” “straight,” and others.
    • Queer: Historically a negative term used against people perceived to be LGBT, “queer” has more recently been reclaimed by some people as a positive term describing all those who do not conform to rigid notions of gender and sexuality.
    • Questioning: Refers to people who are uncertain as to their sexual orientation or gender identity
    Terms 101
  • 6. Facts and Stuff
    • While many GLBT youth will develop into healthy &
    • well adjusted adults, GLBT youth are at the highest
    • levels of risks for a variety of problems, such as:
    • Mental health issues such as depression & suicide
    • Harassment in schools, poor grades, truancy and drop-out
    • Alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and abuse
    • Runaway & throw-away youth
    • Pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, HIV
    • Abuse, violence and safety issues
  • 7. Facts and Stuff
  • 8. Know Your Rights
    • Equal Protection Clause of the 14 th Amendment
    • What it says:
    • No state shall…deny to any person within
    • Its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
    • What it means:
    • This guarantees equal protection under the law to ALL
    • citizens, and applies to public schools.
    • All students have a federal, constitutional right to equal
    • protection under the law, which means that schools have a
    • duty to protect LGBT students from harassment on an
    • equal basis with all other students.
  • 9. Know Your Rights
    • Title IX of the Education Amendment Acts of 1972
    • What it says:
    • "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded
    • from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to
    • discrimination under any education program or activity receiving
    • Federal financial assistance.“
    • What it means:
    • This also applies to public schools, and prohibits gender-based
    • harassment , including harassment on the basis of a student’s failure to
    • conform to stereotyped notions of masculinity and femininity.
  • 10. Know Your Rights
    • Wisconsin State Statute 118.13
    • What it says:
    • “ No person may be denied the benefits or be discriminated against in any curricular, extracurricular, pupil services, recreational or other program or activity because of the person’s sex, race, religion,
    • national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability.”
    • What it means:
    • A pupil may not be excluded from a public school, or from any school
    • activities or programs, or be treated in a different manner for any of the reasons listed above. Each public school is required by law to
    • have written policies that prohibit discrimination against pupils for any of the reasons listed above, and they must have a way for pupils to file complaints of discrimination.
  • 11. Riddle Revisited
    • Nurturance
    • Assumes that gay/lesbian people are indispensable in our society. They view lesbians/gays with genuine affection and delight, and are willing to be allies and advocates.
    • Appreciation
    • Value the diversity of people and see lesbian/gays as a valid part of that diversity. These people are willing to combat homophobia in themselves and others .
    • Admiration
    • Acknowledges that being lesbian/gay in our society takes strength. People at this level are willing to truly examine their homophobic attitudes, values, and behaviors.
    • Support
    • Work to safeguard the rights of lesbians and gays.
    • People at this level may be uncomfortable themselves, but they are aware of the homophobic climate and the irrational unfairness.
  • 12. How 2 be a Strong & Supportive Ally
    • Come out as an ally!
    • Let others know you support LGBT people
    • Check in with your friends
    • Don’t assume someone’s partner is the opposite sex
    • Ask for PGP – preferred gender pronoun (he, she, xie)
    • Name it, Claim it, Stop it!
    • Work to make your school or office a safe and supportive environment for everyone.
  • 13. RESOURCES Harmony Café GLBT Services We build a strong GLBT and Allied community through advocacy, education, support, and social events Diverse & Resilient Building capacity in Wisconsin groups and communities to assure the healthy development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth GSA for Safe Schools A public benefit organization committed to safe middle schools and high schools for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender youths and all students.