Tuesday, October 6, 2020

LGBTQ+ Pride resources and interactive virtual classroom

Compiled and presented by your HSTA Human and Civil Rights Committee

The Hawaii State Teachers Association is proud to celebrate the contributions of the LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual) community and the cultural diversity of our island home. The committee encourages HSTA members, staff, and students to participate in Pride events, including the Honolulu Pride Parade from Magic Island to Kapiolani Park. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, in-person events have been canceled, postponed, or shifted to virtual. HSTA’s Human and Civil Rights Committee is celebrating virtually as well by offering our members an interactive Pride classroom.

Feel free to click around and explore this resource! Items on the chalkboard and in frames along the back wall generate an easel with more information. Click on the easel to visit a resource site, or click on the Return Home poster along the side of the desk to return to the main screen. We also have a set of book recommendations located on the “library” cart along the left. Click on a cover to learn more about a particular book and visit its website.

We've also listed these online resources and events below.

Access our virtual Pride resource room on Google Slides


TeenLink Hawaii

TeenLink Hawaii (TLH) is a youth empowerment, outreach, and education program that provides information and referral services for teens in Hawaii. Its website hosts a variety of resources for different topics, including sexuality. There are videos and other resources to help support students and teachers on the discussion. www.teenlinkhawaii.org

Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation

The Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Hawaii. It was formed in 2008 to connect and act as a facilitator with all other LGBT organizations, businesses, and services throughout the state of Hawaii. The organization is responsible for the annual Honolulu Pride parade (see below), of which HSTA is a proud participant. Its website also offers this list of resources for anti-bullying and safe schools. hawaiilgbtlegacyfoundation.com


Honolulu Pride Parade and Festival

Honolulu Pride is presented by the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation. This year’s theme for 2020 is “Shaka and Shine,” which virtually celebrates LGBTQ+ love and pride, while respecting and protecting friends, families, and the community. In honor of Honolulu Pride Month, the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation will present a special half-hour program “Aloha With Pride: Shaka and Shine” on KHON2 Oct. 15 at 7 p.m., KHII on Oct. 16 at 8 p.m., KHII on Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m., and KHON2 on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. The program will also be live streamed on KHON2’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.

Then on Oct. 17, the Honolulu Pride Virtual After Party will live stream on the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation’s website and social media channels. Hosted by Candi Shell and DJ My Friend George, it will feature video contributions from the community, with music, performances, shout outs, plus a parade of Tiny Floats. hawaiilgbtlegacyfoundation.com


Aloha Maui Pride

Aloha Maui Pride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that celebrates and supports the LGBTQ+ community in Maui. Its annual event, the Maui Pride Festival, will be hosted virtually this year on Oct. 10, 2020. www.alohamauipride.org


Kauai Pride Parade and Festival

The Kauai Pride Parade and Festival promotes and celebrates peace, acceptance, and unity for everyone on the Garden Isle, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, or background. Its first annual pride parade and festival was held in June 2019, and its 2020 celebration was held virtually over three weeks. www.kauaiprideparade.com



The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is an American education organization working to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and to prompt LGBT cultural inclusion and awareness in K-12 schools. Click here to access resources for educators that include lesson plans, information on being a supportive advocate for LGBTQ+ students, professional development opportunities, and inclusive curriculum resources. GLSEN also provides resources on how to start a student GSA (gay straight alliance) club at your school. Hawaii has a GLSEN chapter, which is one of 43 in the country. www.glsen.org

2020 Virtual Gender & Sexuality Alliance Summit

Join the NEA and GLSEN Oct. 12-15 for a virtual summit that will deepen our understanding, strengthen our commitment, and catalyze our action towards creating and sustaining safe and affirming spaces for LGBTQ students and allies through GSAs. Ilima Intermediate teacher and HSTA HCR Pono Award winner Sarah Milianta-Laffin will be presenting at the opening session on Oct. 12. Then Ilima Intermediate’s GSA, the Rainbow Royales, who were named GLSEN’s GSA of the Year, are presenting on Oct. 14. Register here

Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance aims to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy. It provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators can use materials to supplement curriculum, inform their practices, and create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued, welcome participants. You can search the website for lesson plans that focus on LGBTQ+ topics and support for students. www.tolerance.org

NEA EdJustice

On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that LGBTQ employees—including all LGBTQ educators—are protected under federal law from discrimination at work based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This means that employers, including public employers like school districts and public universities, are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. View this quick reference guide developed by NEA’s Center for Social Justice and General Counsel to help inform educators about their rights as LGBTQ employees.