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Life Skills

Be An Ally! LGBTQIA+ 101 for Allies (Age 13-18)

In this one-time course, your student will learn about the identities of the LGBTQ+ community and why being an ally to people of marginalized gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations is so important.
Abigail Lawrence, M.Ed
140 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
85 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Class Experience

Students will learn definitions of the terms ally, asexual, bisexual, cisgender, demisexual, dyshpgoria, gay, gender non-conforming, graysexual, heterosexual, heteronormativity, homosexual, homophobia, intersex, lesbian, non-binary, pansexual, queer, questioning, same-gender loving, trans-masc, trans-fem, transgender, and transphobia.
Students will learn how homophobia, transphobia, heteronormativity, and cisnormativity can contribute to feelings of alienation and loneliness in LGBTQ+ people (and particularly teens).
Students will learn practical ways to be a vocal and visible ally to LGBTQ+ people "in the closet" as well as LGBTQ people who are out. 
Students will learn about the importance of using correct pronouns when referring to trans and gender-nonconforming people. 
Students will be familiar with statistics around LGBTQ+ youth and bullying in schools in order to understand why allyship is important.
Students will leave class with a plan for how they can be a brave ally in their communities. 
As a member of the LGBTQ+ community and as an educator, I feel I have the necessary experience and perspectives to lead this class. As a teacher, I have guided students through the coming out process with their parents, implemented and upheld a zero-tolerance policy for homophobic language and bullying behavior in my classrooms, and led a small lunch discussion group with my students identifying as LGBTQ+. In college, I took courses on LGBTQ+ -related concerns and led a LGBTQ weekly discussion group. Additionally, I have taken over 20+ hours of training related to diversity and allyship throughout my educator training, and independently, I have taken the Trevor Ally Training through the non-profit organization devoted to suicide prevention in LGBTQ+ youth, The Trevor Project. I have also lead allyship trainings at my university and at my school. 
Though there is no formal assessment for this class, your student should leave class with a plan for practical ways they can be a brave in their community.
1 hour 25 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Content that some students may be sensitive to: 
- Sex : While we will not talk about the specific mechanics of sex, discussions about sexual orientation does necessitate some mention of sex/ sexual desire/attraction. For example, in explaining the term "asexual," I will explain that in general, asexual people do not experience sexual attraction.
-Discussion of difference between gender assigned at birth and gender identity / gender expression and intersex people may involve the terms "male genetalia" and "female genetalia" and primary sex characteristics. 
- Statistics on bullying / harassment of LGBTQ+ students and LGBTQ+ youth suicide may be triggering to some students. 
GLSEN Educator resources
GLSEN National School Climate Survey
HRC Educator resources 


Abigail Lawrence, M.Ed
Lives in the United States
Reader, Writer, Educator, Advocate, and Nerd
140 total reviews
74 completed classes

About Me

Hello, and welcome to my Outschool page!

I'm a certified middle school and high school English teacher with three years of experience working at a high-need school in Nashville. I have a Masters in Instructional Practice from Lipscomb University... 
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