NYQueer Elementary Series

Come join us for the first of three NYQueer events focused on queer issues in elementary schools.

Thursday February 21st –  film screening

What Do You Know? Six to twelve year-olds talk about gays and lesbians

When:             5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Cochrane Room, 2nd Floor of NYU’s East Building

239 Greene Street

(btwn Washingon Pl. and West 4th St.)

What Do You Know? Six to twelve year-olds talk about gays and lesbians is an award-winning professional development film produced by Welcoming Schools for elementary school staff and parents. The film features students from Massachusetts and Alabama discussing what they know about gay men and lesbians, what they hear at school, and what they’d like teachers to do.

Aimee Gelnaw from Welcoming Schools will facilitate a discussion and strategy- sharing session around the film, online resources, and how the Welcoming Schools program can help you to develop a more LGBTQ-inclusive community.

To learn more, visit:

PLEASE RSVP to Joleen Hanlund at joleenhanlund@yahoo.com


ALSO- Mark your calendars for parts 2 and 3 of this series:

March 5th 5:30-7:30, Location TBD

Breaking Gender Stereotypes 

There is an important distinction to be made between addressing gender and addressing sexual identity in the classroom.  In this session we will consider how breaking gender stereotypes can promote the acceptance of LGBTQ identified people.


5:30-7:30 April 11th, Location TBD

Hard Conversations: Should we really be bringing sexuality into the elementary school classroom?

Words like GAY, LESBIAN and BISEXUAL have a tendency to raise a certain amount of discomfort when they emerge in elementary schools.  There is a fear that discussing sexual identity will amount to discussing sex.  Yet we believe it is just as important to explicitly discuss these identities as it is to break down gender stereotypes.  But when and how should sexual identity be included in classroom conversations or curriculum?

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