A manual to support sexual and gender minority youth : fostering acceptance of sexual and gender diversity within school culture

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Fehres, Natalie E. K.
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education
In Western countries, sexual and gender minority (SGM) students have been ostracised and harassed due to heteronormative societal views that suggest individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) are not entitled to the same rights as heterosexual people (Taylor et al., 2011). This lack of recognition, acceptance, and tolerance for this vulnerable population has negative impacts on the mental health of SGM youth and is correlated with increased risk for bullying, suicide, depression, homelessness, and drug use. There has been much research to suggest LGBTQ youth benefit from a supportive and inclusive school climate that validates, respects, and acknowledges the needs of this group (Peter, Taylor, & Campbell, 2016). This project includes literature on how to support SGM youth in school and A Manual to Support Gender and Sexual Minority Youth to help teachers, school counsellors, and administrators increase their competence in creating a culture of acceptance and tolerance.
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