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THE RAINBOW CURRICULUM:
Teaching Teens about LGBT Issues
By Hal W. Lanse, PhD.
Release date: October 4, 2012
In February, we teach Black History. March is Women's History Month. But what about June? What about Gay Pride Month? This book is the answer! It includes an LGBT history unit and guidelines for teaching queer-themed literature. There's also an easy-to-implement anti-bullying program and a common-sense approach to launching a gay/straight alliance at your school.
Caleb Laieski, a 16-year old bullied youth from Arizona, was invited to the White House to share his experience. Laieski was one of the few youth chosen to meet with President Obama. While meeting with him, Laieski proposed he appoint an LGBT youth advisor to the President; to specifically address anti-LGBT bullying and other major issues that LGBT youth face. Bullying led Caleb to pursue his GED instead of a high school diploma. Laieski lost a close friend his age to suicide last year.
The Huffington Post has named GLSEN Board Member Sirdeaner Walker its Greatest Person of the Day. Since the loss of her son two years ago, Sirdeaner has been an outspoken advocate for the Safe Schools Improvement Act, a federal anti-bullying bill that includes explicit protections for bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity, among other personal characteristics. When Sirdeaner Walker found out her son was being bullied and called homophobic slurs, she told his school about it.