Adapted from GSANetwork.org
"That's So Gay" Language Campaign
Many students hear slurs everyday on campus, but don’t know how to combat them. This includes straight students. Students at your school may not understand the damage slurs can do. Learn how to take action as students to put a stop to slurs and name-calling on campus. Fight back against bullying and slurs based on sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, and more.
Make your school safe for transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Get the tools to help your GSA raise awareness regarding gender identity and expression. Learn how to educate students and staff about gender non-conformity and transgender issues. Fight for policies at your school that provide strong protections for transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Challenge the gender binary system in schools!
Learn about LGBTQ issues and how LGBTQ people can be included in the curriculum you learn at school. Find out how to personally contribute in your classes through your class assignments and presentations. Get ready to educate your teachers and provide them with lesson plans and assignments that meet the CA state standards. Prepare to convince teachers and administrators to incorporate LGBTQ topics into the curriculum and implement district-wide changes to curriculum standards.
Take the first step to creating a safer school climate for LGBTQ students and straight allies. Help raise awareness of LGBTQ issues and gain visibility on your campus, so that LGBTQ youth, teachers, and staff will begin to feel safer to come out on campus.
California law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. But many schools remain unsafe. It’s not enough to have the law on the books. Learn how to Make It Real. Transform your school to be safe for LGBTQ students, students with LGBTQ parents, and students perceived as LGBTQ. Launch a Make It Real Campaign to make sure teachers stop harassment on campus. Through student action, you can ensure administrators follow through on complaints of discrimination.
Each spring students across the country observe "Day of Silence." The GLSEN Day of Silence is a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT.