Oakmont High School Wellness Center
March Newsletter: LGBTQ+ Awareness & Education
Vikings, Let's Give a Warm Welcome to our new Family Liaison....Ms. Keyri!
Hello Viking Families. My name is Keyri. I am your Family and Community Engagement Liaison at Oakmont High School. My role is to help support you and your student in whichever way I can. I have worked in education with students and their families for over ten years. I am originally from southern California where I obtained my degree in sociology from San Diego State University. My passion has always been to help support students achieve their educational and personal goals in hopes that they will lead their best life. I look forward to working with you and your students.
Students, get your kicks!
March is LGBTQ+ Awareness Month
Did you know....
What is Gender Identity?
How one identifies. One's internal sense of being male, female, neither of these, both, or another gender(s). For transgender people, their own internal sense of gender identity and their sex assigned at birth are not the same.
What is Gender Expression?
How one looks and expresses themselves. The physical manifestation of one's gender identity through clothing, hairstyle, voice, etc., Most transgender people seek to make their gender expression (how they look) match their gender identity (who they are) , rather than their sex assigned at birth.
What is Sex Assigned at Birth?
The assignment and classification of people as male, female, intersex, or another sex based on a combination of anatomy, hormones, and chromosomes.
What is attraction?
Sexually attracted to refers to the group of people or genders to which a person can become attracted to. Romantically/Emotionally attracted to refers to the group of people or genders to which a person can become romantically, emotionally, or spiritually attracted to.
How Can I Be Respectful of Others' Identities?
Avoid making assumptions
Understand that Gender Identity and Gender Expression may be different and aren’t necessarily related at all to who a person is attracted to
Ask for pronouns
Get in the habit of sharing your own pronouns to help normalize
Even if you don’t understand someone’s identity at the end of the day it’s important to respect what they want
What to Say if a Loved One Comes Out to You as LGBTQ+
"I still love you"
"Thank you for telling me. I'm really proud of you."
"I'm here for you, and I'm here to listen."
"I won't tell anyone, this is your story to share" (Unless they say otherwise)
Good Questions to ask:
"What pronouns would you like me to use?"
"Do you have supports at home, school, and work?"
The Trevor Project National Survey on Mental Health
LGBTQ+ MENTAL HEALTH STATISTICS - The below statistics are taken from The Trevor Project linked above:
- 42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, including more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth.
- Affirming gender identity among transgender and nonbinary youth is consistently associated with lower rates of suicide attempts.
- 48% of LGBTQ youth reported they wanted counseling from a mental health professional but were unable to receive it in the past year.
- Transgender and nonbinary youth who reported having pronouns respected by all of the people they lived with attempted suicide at half the rate of those who did not have their pronouns respected by anyone with whom they lived.
- LGBTQ youth who had access to spaces that affirmed their sexual orientation and gender identity reported lower rates of attempting suicide.
- 12% of white youth attempted suicide compared to 31% of Native/Indigenous youth, 21% of Black youth, 21% of multiracial youth, 18% of Latinx youth, and 12% of Asian/Pacific Islander youth.
Supporting Our Students
- advocate for LGBTQ+ students within the school community
- address anti-LGBTQ+ bullying or harassment
- serve as advisors for students to formally organize supportive groups at school
Where Can I Learn More?
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) "GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Together we can transform our nation's schools into the safe and affirming environment all youth deserve."
The Trevor Project "The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people."
Human Rights Campaign "Fighting for equality means we can’t afford to let anyone fall through the cracks. We work locally, nationally and globally on issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community."
GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) "GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change."
The Safe Zone Project "Safe Zone trainings are opportunities to learn about LGBTQ+ identities, gender and sexuality, and examine prejudice, assumptions, and privilege."
National Center for Transgender Equality "The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people."
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