Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning
I believe the values I grew up with are still possible despite todays toxic politics. My values inform my view on LGBTQ equality and the unique issues that community faces in our district.
Our public schools serve everyone in the community and that includes the LGBTQ students who attend them. For this reason our schools should have age-appropriate sexual health education that is not only scientifically sound, but also inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity.
A feeling of acceptance begins at young ages, so it is important that students feel empowered to create and attend Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in their schools. Such clubs and recognition can help combat the bullying LGBTQ youth face within their school by giving faculty, staff, and even students diversity training to face bullying in the school and online.