Should I try to start an LGBTQ organization at my middle school?
September 19, 2012 12:38 PM Subscribe
Should I try to start an LGBTQ organization at my middle school? How?
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl to education (32 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I’m teaching sixth grade at an urban middle school and I’d like to approach the administration about starting an LGBTQ support club for maybe half an hour a week after school. We have some students in the seventh and eighth grades who are reasonably out and I’d really like to support both them and any other students who are dealing with their sexuality or want to support their LGBTQ friends and family. Here are my questions:
1) Is this a good idea? The worst case scenario is that kids get targeted for being in the group. Is this likely? Would anyone even join?
2) Is middle school too young for a group like this?
3) I would likely get at least some pushback from the community/families along the lines of “Why are you turning my kid gay?” How would I handle that?
4) What should we actually DO? I’d like to make sure it’s more than just eating Fig Newtons and drinking apple cider but I don’t want to get in over my head in terms of what I’m comfortable discussing.
Is there a good way to do this? Should I even try? Thank you so much for your help and suggestions!