Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators


The Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators Collection offers a series of digital media resources to help administrators, guidance counselors, and educators understand and effectively address the complex and difficult issues faced by LGBTQ students. The collection features short segments of video content from WNET’s groundbreaking LGBTQ series First Person, a digital series that delivers candid personal narratives illustrating larger conversations about gender, sexuality, social norms, and identity development. The video content is scaffolded by educational resources (informational text, conversation guides, discussion questions, and teaching tips) to facilitate their use in educational settings. When used in tandem, the videos and accompanying educational resources will help promote understanding, awareness, and self-esteem.

  • LGBTQ+ Identity: Teacher's Guide

    The LGBTQ+ Identity: Teacher's Guide is designed for teacher professional development and offers an overview of the collection, terms to know, and resources for educators.

    The LGBTQ +Identity: Teacher's Guide was developed in collaboration with the Hetrick-Martin Institute and the Human Right's Campaign.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Race, Visibility and Safe Spaces

    In this video from First Person, meet Ryann Holmes, activist and co-founder of Bklyn Boihood, an organization that spreads love through community-building events, music, and art while sharing their journey as bois of color who believe in safe spaces, accountable action, and self-care.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Transitioning: A Visual Timeline and What Not to Say

    Learn about Skylar Kergil, a transgender artist, activist and YouTuber, as he talks about his experience documenting his transition from female-to-male on YouTube and what not to say to individuals transitioning in this video from First Person.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Non-Binary Inclusion in Sports

    Meet Lauren Lubin, a filmmaker, activist and athlete dedicated to breaking down the age-old gender-based barriers that rule competitive running in this video from First Person. Lauren's work seeks to make space for athletes of all gender identities to participate in this rewarding and highly personal sport.

    Grades: 7-12
  • GSA Checklist

    Use this handout with your students to help establish a Gay-Straight Alliance or Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) organization at your school or strengthen your existing program.

    Grades: 7-13+

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