KEEP IT CLEAN – Weekly Stand #22

LGBTQ students are at a high risk for harassment, and many times this takes the shape of verbal bullying. It can be hard to stand up when someone uses words you disagree with, but this week, make an effort to correct homophobic slurs when you hear them. Respectfully explain to the person who used them why slurs are unkind to those who identify as LGBTQ. Consider saying, “That’s actually hurtful to people who identify as gay,” or “Why are you saying that? ’Gay’ isn’t a bad word.” Be careful not to be mean when you make your comment, as that can cause things to escalate. If interrupting the slurs doesn’t help, get adults involved.

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