chapter  Letter 22
Expecting LGBTQ Families and Students at School
WithTara Goldstein, benjamin lee hicks, Jenny Salisbury, Pam Baer
Pages 5

This chapter shares how teachers and principals can create schools where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) families and students are expected, accepted, supported, and not merely tolerated. It talks about Garrett Metcalfe, a gayindigenous father who participated in our LGBTQ Families Speak Out project. He supports students in completing their high school diplomas. Garrett was teaching in alternative schools where his equity-based work was welcome. To counter shame and violence transgender and gender diverse children and youth experience at school, Garrett works to include queer identities and queer history in his curriculum. Queering moments, at school move beyond the positive representation of LGBTQ people by disrupting cisgender normativity and heteronormativity at school. When Garrett talks about how all the teachers at his school try to embed all of the identities of their students into curriculum and work to help their students understand concepts of intersectionality, power, and privilege, we see this work as creating queering moments at school.