The GSA Consortium of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley offers resources, training, and opportunities to network for GSA advisers in the greater Rochester (and beyond!) area. The Consortium meets 5-6 times during the course of the school year. Meetings include programming of interest to GSA Advisers and well as providing time for Advisers to share questions and advice regarding starting, running, sustaining, and reviving Gay Straight Alliances. The focus of the Consortium is to provide support for GSA Advisers in middle and high schools, but the group is open to anyone working with LGBTQ and allied youth in a club-like setting. For more information, contact GSA@gayalliance.org.
The National Education Association Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Caucus was founded in the 1980’s by a handful of NEA Members seeking to provide a means of professional support for gay and lesbian colleagues.
This web site aims to provide information to the 3.2 million members of the NEA who work each day to facilitate relevance and rigor to America’s Public Schools. The NEA GLBTC works to provide GLBT teachers, education support professionals, and students, with safe schools free of anti-GLBT bias and intolerance, and to provide sound education programs for all students.
It went from idea, to discussions, to a NYSUT resolution, and finally to a face-to-face meeting: 20 union members of a new task force met this past weekend to share stories and begin determining the best way to educate peers and advocate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning/Queer colleagues.
Their task, as set out by a 2013 NYSUT resolution from the Representative Assembly, is to examine the atmosphere toward LGBTQ people in education, which has too often included bullying, exclusion or derision, creating anxiety and secrecy.
OUTeach is a new social/support network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and straight allied teachers in Monroe County and surrounding areas. A collaborative effort of GLSEN Rochester and the Gay Alliance, OUTeach works to improve school climate for teachers, staff and students alike. Meetings are held the second Friday of each month from 4-6pm at Equal Grounds.
Welcoming Schools. A Project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, offers professional development tools, lessons aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and many additional resources for elementary schools on:
Embracing family diversity,
Avoiding gender stereotyping and affirming gender
Ending bullying and name-calling.
Welcoming Schools is inclusive of the many types of diversity found in our communities including LGBT families and people.
Administrators, educators and parents/guardians can find materials here necessary to create learning environments in which all students are welcomed and respected.