21. Introduction 62. Impacts of homophobia and transphobia: the need to create a safe learning environment 83. Strategies for creating a safe and inclusive learning environment 124. Responding to situations that arise 165. Examples of classroom activities 22Glossary 24Resources 25References 1
21. Introduction The IGLYO Teacher’s Guide to Inclusive Education is a resource specifically aimed at teachers in primary and secondary schools across Europe. The Guide provides practical advice for teachers so that they can be more inclusive of all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression through a human rights-based approach.
3As leaders of the classroom, teachers should take into account the diversity of their students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. Sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression form an integral part of an individual’s identity, as do other aspects such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender and disability. In any classroom, diversity can be found with respect to each of these aspects. Teachers are essential to creating an inclusive environment. This task can be challenging, so IGLYO hopes to contribute to the capacity of teachers by providing information and practical tips for promoting inclusion, from a youth and student perspective.IGLYO advocates for an education environment that allows all students to express themselves according to a human rights-based approach to education. The goal of such an approach is to ensure equal opportunities for all individuals to access quality education free from bullying, violence and discrimination, respecting their right to dignity, optimum development and full participation in society.1Homophobia and transphobia have severe impacts on LGBTQ students. Section two of this Guide summarizes such impacts. Section three outlines strategies for creating a safe and inclusive learning environment, while Section four provides information on responding to situations that might arise. A few examples of classroom activities are outlined in Section five, while a glossary and list of other useful resources are available at the end of the Guide.This Teacher’s Guide complements IGLYO’s educational materials, and can be used in combination with the joint IGLYO-OBESSU Inclusive Education Guidelines on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, as well as IGLYO’s Minimum standards to combat homophobic and transphobic bullying, released in January 2014.2AuthorsGeorge-Konstantinos Charonis, Andromachi Kokkinou, Daniela Prisacariu, EglėTamulionytė.
4As leaders of the classroom, teachers should take into account the diversity of their students. Teachers are essential to creating an inclusive environment.