WLIW21, public media for Long Island, New York and the greater tri-state community, offers Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators Collection. The collection includes a series of digital media resources to help administrators, guidance counselors, and educators understand and effectively address the complex and difficult issues faced by LGBTQ students.
The collection features short segments of video content from WNET, New York Public Media's groundbreaking LGBTQ series First Person, a digital series that delivers candid personal narratives illustrating larger conversations about gender, sexuality, social norms and identity development. The video content is framed by educational resources (informational text, conversation guides, discussion questions and teaching tips) to facilitate their use in educational settings.
When used together, the videos and resources will help promote understanding, tolerance, awareness and self-esteem. The creators of this project believe that students can only learn and reach their full potential if they feel safe and cared for in school. The LGBTQ+ Identity: Teacher's Guide is designed for teacher professional development and offers an overview of the collection, terms to know and resources for educators.
Watch First Person episode 19 "Team Two Moms," host Kristin Russo meets up with YouTubers Ebony, Denise and their adorable daughter Olivia to eat pizza and chat about same-sex families, visibility and their super popular channel, “Olivia Has 2 Moms.”
For more information on the collection, visit the Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators website.