Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 16:22:21 -0500
Sender:Student Pride Organizer studentpride@GLSEN.ORG
From:Student Organizing studentorganizing@GLSEN.ORG
Organization:GLSEN
Subject: STILL CALLING ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF FOR HELP WITH A NEW GLSEN RESOURCE ON HETEROSEXISM!
To:STUDENTPRIDEORGANIZER@LISTSERV.GLSEN.ORG

Welcome to the Student Organizer, a bi-weekly update of News, Info and Resources to help you change the world!
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STILL CALLING ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF FOR HELP WITH A NEW GLSEN RESOURCE ON HETEROSEXISM!

***Here's an idea for your next GSA meeting***
Discuss the ways in which heterosexism creeps into the daily rules and rituals at your school and share your thoughts with GLSEN. A GSA in Pennsylvania did just that and came up with the detailed list below!

Why should you discuss this? GLSEN is compiling your experiences for a new resource that will define institutionalized heterosexism, give specific examples of how it operates, and provide concrete strategies for dismantling it in your school.

If you've already responded to this request, thanks!! If not, see the details below and send in your feedback asap to shirschfeld@glsen.org!

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Feedback from a GSA in Pennsylvania:

  1. Examples of institutionalized heterosexism in our school:

  2. Specific examples of what has happened to us.

  3. What have you done to change this?
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Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 12:56:07 -0500
Sender:Student Pride Organizer studentpride@GLSEN.ORG
From:Student Organizing studentorganizing@GLSEN.ORG
Organization:GLSEN
Subject: SPECIAL ALERT
To:STUDENTPRIDEORGANIZER@LISTSERV.GLSEN.ORG

Welcome to the Student Organizer, a bi-weekly update of News, Info and Resources to help you change the world!
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Calling all students and school staff! Help GLSEN with a new resource on heterosexism by sharing your thoughts and experiences.

Most people equate anti-LGBT bias with individual acts of harassment or discrimination. Equally as damaging, however, are heterosexist school policies and practices that are not the fault of any one individual or group, but that give privileges and access to certain people.

Rules and rituals that reinforce heterosexuality and a narrow view of what it means to be male or female exist for many reasons-- certainly due to overt prejudice, but also because these systems have long existed and are unseen or taken for granted by many.

The first step toward undoing "institutionalized heterosexism" in schools is naming it and then offering alternatives to traditional practices with which schools have grown too comfortable.

Toward that end, GLSEN is developing a resource that will explore examples of heterosexism in school practices, and offer concrete strategies for moving toward greater equality. And we need your help!

Please write to us and share your thoughts on one or more of the following questions:

  1. What are the forms of "institutionalized heterosexism" that bother you most in your school? (This may include prom rituals, athletic traditions, gender-specific bathrooms, school curriculum, celebrations of Valentine's Day or Mothers/Fathers Days, dress codes, course offerings, library holdings, school forms, or anything else that reinforces heterosexuality as the norm).

  2. What personal experiences or observations have you had with regard to institutionalized heterosexism in your school? Describe specific rules, practices or incidents that you know of and which illustrate heterosexism.

  3. What have you or others done to change institutionalized heterosexism? Has any particular individual, group or the school leadership taken specific action to change heterosexist practices?
Any feedback that you can provide will be most helpful, and will be kept strictly anonymous (unless you crave the spotlight and want to be credited). Please write to GLSEN's Education Director, Scott Hirschfeld (shirschfeld@glsen.org) with your thoughts and/or questions, and stay tuned for the final resource due out in March. Thanks for your support!

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Join us at the Los Angeles Marriott, October 4 - 6, 2002 for
GLSEN's Sixth Annual TEACHING RESPECT FOR ALL Conference
http://www.glsen.org/templates/events/article.html?section=50&record=617

The Day of Silence Project - April 10, 2002
Join thousands of students to protest the silencing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in schools across the country.
Register online at http://www.dayofsilence.org today!

How can you make a difference?
Take action immediately by logging onto the Safe Schools Action Network.
http://glsen.policy.net/

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