Sheila has a background in teaching and leadership, from
teaching in a special education classroom to working in
the U.S. Department of Education. In this piece,
she blends experience with research and provides
families with tips to effectively communicate with their child’s school personnel.
About 6% of our U.S. Service members identify as
lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT).
October is LGBT History Month and a time to reflect on the contributions
these individuals have made to our society, so here are a few ways
you can become an ally to the LGBTQ+ community:
If you hear an anti-LGBTQ+ comment or joke, speak up. You can ask things like, "What do you mean by that joke?" or "I don't get why that's funny; can you explain it to me?"
Integrate inclusive language (such as saying partner instead of wife or husband, sibling instead of brother or sister) into your regular conversations, professional interactions, and/or spiritual life.
Add your pronouns to your email signature (e.g., she/her, they/them).