teach acceptance for a better world
American culture is depending more and more on educators to not only teach students standard math and science, but moral values as well. Educators have the potential to influence on a grand scale. At KC Passages, we ask teachers to look beyond the standard curriculum and partner with us to teach students the value of acceptance in a diverse, globalized world.
the first step, educate yourself
To advocate for LGBTQ+ students, educate yourself on definitions and orientations. Remember – always ask your students which pronouns they prefer to use.
one-on-one with students.
Before the need arises, educate yourself on terms and LGBTQ+ youth organizations in your area that provide resources to LGBTQ+ youth.
Confront your own biases
Don’t make assumptions about someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity
Ask the youth what name and pronouns they would like to use
Mirror their language, identify them as they identify themselves
Affirm their identity, believe them and respect what they have told you
Teach about empathy, anti-bullying, acceptance and LGBTQ pride and history month
school wide efforts.
As much power as one teacher has, it takes an army to really fuel change. That means getting your administration and fellow teachers on board with the change.
Here are a few strategies:
Confront homo/bi/transphobic remarks from students and other faculty
Post a visual market to let youth know you are a LGBTQ safe space
Access & host professional development to make your school more LGBTQ inclusive
Follow up on any and all harassment and bullying reports
Start a GSA - a teacher sponsored, student run organization
put yourself in their shoes
Read the experiences and feelings of LGBTQ+ youth as they go through this period in their lives. You never know what someone is going through until you put yourself in their shoes.
lessons, workshops & professional development
For Your classroom
Kansas City Anti Violence Project has valuable resources where you can ask questions, request free trainings and link into other resources like KC Passages. Speak to to someone directly (816-561-2755).
One Time or Series of Lessons & Workshops
- LGBTQ 101
- Anti-bullying workshops and trainings
- Teen Dating Violence
- Safe Sex and Consent
More Resources from our friends at GLSEN
for your school
Professional Development Topics
Advocating for LGBTQ youth
Title IX technical assistance
Technical assistance with other organizational or school wide policies
Working with LGBTQ survivors of violence
curious? want to know more?
We offer an education center for parents, youth, educators, and the community. Here you'll find links to local and national organizations, definitions and more!
benefits of Passages
Community Learning Opportunities
KC Passages provides LGBTQ+ youth the opportunity to connect with others in their community. These connections create an environment for affirmation and acceptance.
Experienced help from Professionals
For over 20 years, e’ve helped Kansas City’s LGTBQ youth. We can utilize our experiences to help you, your students and their parents understand the journey ahead.
A safe & OPenn Education space
KC Passages offers a range of options for LGBTQ+ youth to learn and grow in an accepting, non-assuming environment. We offer weekly meetings for youth to meet and get to know their peers with similar backgrounds and journeys.
Have questions? Talk to a representative from Passages or Kansas City Anti Violence Project for all the information you need to know.