Resources on Sexual Orientation in the School Environment

American Psychological Association
APA?s site has this copy of "Just the facts about sexual orientation and youth: A primer for principals, educators, and school personnel," a document endorsed by many significant youth-advocacy organizations, including NEA. It addresses the fallacies and dangers of "reparative therapy."

The Gay and Lesbian Student Education Network (GLSEN)is an education organization creating safe schools for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This page is a collection of resources for students and educators.
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, the transgendered, and people with HIV or AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

Articles of interest:

Project 10
Project 10 envisions lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students as fully included and affirmed in the public school environment where justice, equality, and respect for all prevail.

Safe Schools Coalition
The mission of The Safe Schools Coalition: A Public-Private Partnership in Support of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth is to help schools become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. Their role is to reduce bias-based bullying and violence in schools and to help schools better meet the needs of sexual minority youth and children by providing resources to schools and training to educators. This web site is an excellent repository of resources for educators looking for topics related to sexual orientation in the school environment.

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) is a national, nonprofit organization which affirms that sexuality is a natural and healthy part of living. Incorporated in 1964, SIECUS develops, collects, and disseminates information, promotes comprehensive education about sexuality, and advocates the right of individuals to make responsible sexual choices. This web site is a huge warehouse of resources for both students and educators.

University of Minnesota Human Resources Center

The Human Rights Resource Center offers resources produced by non-profit organizations and independent publishers. These resources include curricula, guides, videos, documents, and other educational materials. This site contains lesson plans for high school and adult level, and relates LGBT rights to Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The following criteria were considered when choosing each site:

  • It was recently updated. 
  • It contains the author’s name or organization. 
  • It is not purely commercial. 
  • It is “member friendly.” 
  • It has been reviewed by NJEA.