This morning we began the section of the course that deals with the needs of LGBT students. When considering the need to create a safe learning environment for all students, it is important to know that, unfortunately, in the teaching profession, there is a turning away from our responsibility to protect and provide all students with a learning environment where they can be safe and in which their learning needs are addressed. Along with the presentation posted below, it is important to watch the following clip which models an heterosexual male defending a gay teen from verbal abuse. When I first watched it, I was struck by the idea of how rare this kind of impassioned defense of LGBT people is visible in our society.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpYH5ypy9ac The undefended discrimination

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