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Social Justice Trainings Safety, Bias, & LGBTQ+ Issues
Professional Learning

Safe and Supportive Working Environments: A Right for LGBTQ+ Educators

Safe and supportive environments are critical for educators. This module provides insight into the employment protections available for LGBTQ+ employees at the federal, state, and local levels. Participants will discuss the challenges LGBTQ+ employees face in the workplace, review local district policies, and create a plan to advocate for a more inclusive workplace. A focus on the Racial Justice in Education Framework helps ensure new policies are both inclusive and equitable.

At a Glance

Workshop content provides ideas and resources on how to create a safe work environment for LGBTQ+ educators.


  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Gender Equity
  • LGBTQ+
  • Positive School Environments
  • Professional Leadership
  • Racial & Social Justice


  • Identify barriers LGBTQ+ employees face, especially those with intersecting marginalized identities
  • Explain why the “coming out” process is difficult for many educators and describe the burden of being closeted
  • Recognize policies that support an LGBTQ+ affirming workplace
  • List several ways to support LGBTQ+ educators right now
Developed by:

NEA Center for Social Justice

Last Updated: February 23, 2021


Audience Role

  • Education Support Professional
  • Teacher


  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Middle School

Session Length

2 hours minimum

Session Format

Virtual, In-Person, or Blended

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NOTE: Trainings are only for members of the National Education Association. If you are not a member, please work with your state or local affiliate to make your request or it will be automatically denied.

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This module is part of our Safety, Bias, & LGBTQ+ Issues series.

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The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.