According to one of my favorite blogs, which looks at the intersection of education and LGBTQ+ rights, the US Department of Education has agreed to collect “LGBT-related data on three of their data collection systems.” Here are the three systems:
- Dept of Ed Office of Civil Rights Data Collection: the mandatory questionnaire completed from all school districts about incidents of bullying will now include questions about bullying/harassment based on actual or perceived sexual orientation (it already includes similar questions about victimization based on race, gender, and specifically including gender stereotyping and gender nonconformity)
- High School Longitudinal Survey: adding sexual orientation and gender identity/trans status items (note: glad to hear they will be doing their standard testing process to see best ways to ask these items with this population for this survey and the school crime supplement below)
- School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey: adding sexual orientation and gender identity/trans status items
This is such a huge step forward for LGBTQ+ youth rights (which need to be remembered because “a certificate on paper isn’t gonna solve it all” –Macklemore). Their identities are being recognized and their stories are being brought to light. This is a huge step forward from the “hush-hush” attitude towards LGBTQ+ youth in schools. We will not be silenced!
But once again, this is just a start. We still need to move towards full acceptance of these youth and incorporate LGBTQ+ history into curriculum to teach acceptance.
Hooray for love! 🙂