There's never a wrong time for kids and teens to learn about LGBTQ+ history — whether they identify as being LGBTQ+ or consider themselves to be allies. Outschool is on online education platform that's celebrating Pride month (and beyond) by offering a variety of live classes aimed at teaching tolerance, acceptance, and inspiring the youth LGBTQ+ community.
The classes give tweens and teens the opportunity to join other like-minded kids in small groups to learn about LGBTQ+ history, socialize in LGBTQ+ clubs, and even take a Pride-inspired vibrant makeup class. They're especially important for kids who don't have peers who identify as LGBTQ+, as the classes can feel like a safe space to talk about relatable feelings, life, etc.
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Parents can offer their support, as well as help foster acceptance, empathy, and unity by signing their kids up for these classes.
Here are some of the LGBTQ+ classes offered by Outschool:
"GSA's are student-led, teacher advised, clubs open to all of the student body regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We advocate for improved LGBTQIA+ education & social means for LGBTQ+ students and their allies. #pride"
"In this ongoing class, we will create a safe space for LGBTQIA+ and specifically bisexual teens to meet each other and have meaningful discussions."
"In this ongoing social club, we will meet weekly to discuss topics in the LGBTQ+ community, share experiences, provide support, and help educate each other on the diversity of sexuality and gender."
"In this weekly social club, we will discuss issues pertaining to LGBTQ+ challenges in addition to providing a safe space for these youth to socialize and learn confidence in their identity."
"In this one-time class, students will learn how to create LGBTQA+ pride flag makeup designs while discussing the many-layered meanings of each flag."
"In this class your learner will explore the history of LGBTQ+ culture through the lens of Black American history and discover the contributions made by pinnacle Black figures and how they are interconnected to our LGBTQ+ history."
"In this 4-week course, students will hear about LGBTQIA+ characters in mythology and learn more about what it means to identify with the community."