Saturday, October 3, 2015

Safe Spaces

This book really gets into a lot of detail on the school systems and how they may or may not include LGBT into the way students look at one another. I know that in the high school level of schooling this can become something that many students start to become aware of more and more. Gerry the author of this book says that teachers should be accepting of LGBT students and should be making sure others are not making fun these students.

"Teachers cannot legislate friendships or alliances; they cannot single-handedly change minds or hearts. Educators can, however, create inclusive and safe classrooms" (p.96).

I believe that Gerry is trying to get teachers more aware that they do have the power to help LGBT students feel more comfortable in the classroom by educating the other students more about LGBT students. I know in my school there where a few LGBT students and they did feel like outsiders because some people were just mean about it. I think it is completely unfair to judge anyone off who they like or what they want to do with their life. In Gerry's story I believe that is somewhat what he is trying to prove. He wants people to hopefully become more educated on this especially students, this way the LGBT students can go into a classroom and feel comfortable like the quote above states. 

Hopefully parents as well will get involved and teach their children from a young age that it is okay to be different than other people. Whether someone has two moms or two dads or want to be gay or lesbian or even transgender no matter what a person is a person and everyone should be treated equally.


  1. Hi Sydnei, I liked your response. I also agree with how a person should be treated equally regardless of whether they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. It is important that parents do get involved and teach their children that its okay to be different people..this is definitely very important.

  2. I love the picture you used at the end! I like how you brought it outside the classroom to involve the parents and home life!

  3. I liked your point about adding parents to the conversation!