Celebrate Pride with the AFT

June is Pride Month, and the AFT is proud to be a union that fights for the rights and well-being of everyone, as we have done since our founding. The past few years have been tough; while recovering from the havoc COVID-19 wreaked on society, we have also been fighting anti-LGBTQIA+ laws like the “Don’t Say Gay” law in Florida and the anti-transgender laws in multiple states. The majority of the books banned in schools all over the country are those with gay and other LGBTQIA+ characters. However, the contributions of LGBTQIA+ people throughout the history of the United States cannot be erased, and we will continue to fight for the rights and safety of LGBTQIA+ people and families this month and every month. Below you will find AFT articles, resources, resolutions and more, all related to the work we and our members are doing to continue our fight for civil and human rights.

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American Educator, Winter 2016-2017

How Schools Can Enable LGBTQ Students to Thrive
Michael Sadowski
Promoting Student Resilience and Safer School Climates
V. Paul Poteat
How One Gay-Straight Alliance Supports Students
Kristina Rizga
What Educators Should Know and Can Do
Elizabeth Kandel Englander
The Problem of Idea Quality, Not "Teacher Quality"
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
Improving Teaching and Learning Conditions in Schools
Jerry Roseman
Bullying and LGBTQ Youth
Creating a Safe and Inclusive Classroom
AFT Resolutions

Related to the LGBTQIA+ community

The AFT has resolved to take all necessary steps to defeat and overturn the “Don’t Say Gay” law in Florida and other homophobic and anti-transgender laws and attacks throughout the country; and we will vigorously defend educators who support LGBTQIA+ youth and who teach about the existence, dignity, rights, mass actions, history and pride of LGBTQIA+ people.

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The AFT has resolved to provide support and resources to the leadership of AFT locals to engage local school district officials in the urgent need to recruit, retain and respect LGBTQ educators; and the AFT is committed to ensuring that the nation’s LGBTQ youth are valued; have a place in our classrooms; and deserve the opportunity of a diverse, full and safe education.

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The AFT and its locals and state affiliates have played a critical and historic role in fighting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and has resolved to securing better educational and working conditions and better lives for members of all groups facing stigma and pervasive discrimination

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The AFT has resolved to champion healthcare that is transgender-inclusive, and to make its headquarters a welcoming space for transgender and LGBTQ members and staff and a gender-neutral safe workplace for all staff.

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The AFT has resolved to adopt measures that ensure transgender people full participation in society, including the right to use facilities in accordance with their gender identities, creating a state that is a safe and welcoming place where communities can recognize the talents and skills of all their residents, regardless of gender identity or expression.

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The AFT has resolved to condemn measures taken in Florida as an attempt to indoctrinate young people in anti-LGBTQIA+ ideology and conscript educators as enforcers in this effort. Additionally, the AFT will implore its members to support the state and local organizations fighting these bills.

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