National attention has been given to recent state-level legislative bills and directives that are likely to inflict emotional harm to students based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Although these bills and directives do not directly impact students in Washington State, exposure to media coverage of these has the potential for strong negative effects.
This is especially a concern for those who may feel a connection with the individuals involved or who are vulnerable themselves. It is imperative that educators, parents, and other caregivers advocate for, connect with, and support students who may be at risk. Understanding risk factors and effective supports is critical in preventing peer violence and decreasing the risk of suicide in LGBTQI2-S youth.
WSASP stands firm in its commitment to equity, and is committed to advocating for policy and legislation that supports equitable practices in the field of education in Washington State.
WSASP recommends the following resources to support students, families, and communities who may be impacted by these recent events:
The WSASP Non-Discrimination and Equity Statement, approved in May 2021, is available here. If you are in need of professional support or guidance, please reach out to WSASP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.