Lindsay Amer, the host of Queer Kid Stuff, created a “Just 4 Grown Ups” episode regarding gender and sexuality in the classroom. In the episode, Lindsay, her sidekick Teddy, and her guest, Megan, discuss five tips for making the classroom more queer inclusive.
The five tips for making the classroom more queer inclusive are:
- Say “friends” instead of “boys” or “girls.” Language should be gender-neutral in the classroom because some students may identify outside the gender binary.
- Don’t assume that all students are born into a nuclear family. Some students may be raised by a single parent, many parents, two moms or two dads, or someone who is transgender or nonbinary.
- Don’t be afraid to answer student questions about gender and/or sexuality. Unanswered questions may lead to confusion.
- Fill classroom bookshelves with many LGBT+ books.
- Tell students your preferred gender pronouns and ask them for their preferred gender pronouns. It is “good practice” for students to share their pronouns upon meeting someone new.
Most Queer Kid Stuff episodes discuss gender, feminism, privilege, and other social justice issues, specifically designed for young children. In one episode, Lindsay reads a children’s book explaining where babies come from. In other episodes, she explains why parents should not have gender reveal parties and invites a young boy to explain why he is queer. Amer also believes that all kids are queer and doctors should stop “assigning” gender at birth.
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