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Alone No More. Developing a School Support System for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth.

Abstract: To provide effective education about AIDS and HIV, schools need to deal with issues of sexuality. The question is not whether, but rather, how to include issues related to homosexuality in school policy, instruction, and student services. This resource booklet has a checklist of factors for school staff to consider at the levels of individual educators, student services practice, classroom, school, and school district. Studies in the fields of education and the social sciences consistently report higher levels of suicide, homelessness, drug abuse, and school absenteeism for gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth. A necessary goal of schools is to foster positive self-esteem in all youth. A first step is for each educator to examine for himself or herself the issues, the benefits of actions that begin to change the school climate, and the consequences of nonaction. Each teacher can work in the classroom to create an inclusive, respectful, and safe environment. Student services staff, such as school nurses, social workers, and counselors, need to be aware to issues related to sexual orientation, and they need to work with individuals and groups to support all students. School administrators need to work for an accepting and safe school environment, and they need to work to ensure that the policies of the entire district promote acceptance and support. Ten appendixes provide more detailed information related to specific issues, a checklist for assessing homophobia and heterosexism in the school, a list of 32 resources for further information, and a list of organizations to contact for assistance. (SLD)

Title: Alone No More. Developing a School Support System for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth.
Note: 62p.
Publication Year: May 1994
Document Type: Non-classroom Material (055)
Target Audience: Administrators and Practitioners and Teachers
ERIC Identifier: ED409411
Clearinghouse Identifier: UD031804

Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome; * Counseling; Elementary Secondary Education; * Homophobia; * Homosexuality; School Districts; School Personnel; School Role; School Safety; Self Esteem; * Sex Education; * Social Support Groups; Student Attitudes; * Teacher Attitudes

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