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Training of Teachers in LGBQ Sensitivity and Competence

This entry describes the issues in training teachers to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ) sensitive and competent in their classrooms. First, the entry reviews issues related to teacher training at the college level and as professionals. Then it addresses sensitivity and competence needs for teachers when working with LGBQ parent-headed families and with LGBQ youth within their classrooms.

Training of Teachers

Training teachers to be LGBQ sensitive and competent is based on the idea of diversity training and competence. Most education accrediting bodies and teacher training programs require that future teachers be prepared to competently teach children regardless of the child’s racial, ethnic, or cultural background and identity. Often, this includes ideas such as respect for diverse family structure, including divorced-parent families, grandparent-headed families, ...

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