In 2021, teachers Lindsay Valve and Lindsay Cavanaugh interviewed a number of K-12 educators (both those who are 2SLGBTQIA+ and those who are not), asking them what resources would help them better support 2SLGBTQIA+ students. Many of those who were less comfortable teaching about queer and trans issues said it was because they were worried they would do the work “wrong.”
It’s understandable that some teachers might worry about being “wrong”— teacher education programs do not require that teachers learn about gender and sexuality. This means that many teachers have been systematically denied education about queerness and transness.
Making mistakes is a part of learning, but it’s also important to learn how to respond to mistakes with care. Learning about 2SLGBTQIA+ communities is a literacy that requires practice, both for those who are part of queer and trans communities and those who are not.
Become 2SLGBTQIA+ Literate was developed and crafted to support educator learning, as educators bring queer and trans perspectives and history into classrooms.