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(p. 231) Welcoming Schools: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Gender-Inclusive Bullying Prevention in Elementary Schools 

(p. 231) Welcoming Schools: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Gender-Inclusive Bullying Prevention in Elementary Schools
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(p. 231) Welcoming Schools: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Gender-Inclusive Bullying Prevention in Elementary Schools
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Kim Westheimer

and Laura A. Szalacha

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10.1093/med:psych/9780199950706.003.0019
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date: 13 November 2019

Welcoming Schools, a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, is an LGBT-inclusive social-ecological approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping, and bullying in K–5 schools. Using the results of a pilot implementation and evaluation of Welcoming Schools, this chapter addresses the question, “What does it take for elementary schools or school districts to commit to and implement an effective bullying prevention approach that is inclusive of students with LGBT families and transgender and gender-creative students?” The evaluation and implementation suggest that strong administrative support and leadership, parent/guardian involvement, professional development, and sharing of resources for educators are integral to the success of this kind of initiative. In the pilot program where these components were in place, schools showed significant increases in multiple measures of school inclusivity, and decreased fear of parental opposition. Results also suggest that full implementation of Welcoming Schools is associated with a significantly improved school climate.

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