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LGBTQ+ Pride resources and interactive virtual classroom

News Release from HSTA, June 5, 2022

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 HSTA Human and Civil Rights Committee encourages members, staff, students, and the community to participate in Pride activities and events, and has put together an interactive digital classroom resource.

Feel free to click around and explore! 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.



Transgender 101 for educators

This resource page from HSTA’s HCR Committee explores ways educators and allies can build strong communities that support our transgender youth. Learn key terms, the importance of pronouns, the difference between gender identity and sexuality, Hawaii State Department of Education guidance, and more.

Messages of support

In 2019, HSTA’s HCR Committee collected member messages of support for our LGBTQIA+ students and/or messages that promote inclusive schools and classrooms. View our photo gallery here.


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.

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.


Honolulu Pride Parade and Festival

Honolulu Pride is presented annually by the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation.


Aloha Maui Pride

Aloha Maui Pride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that celebrates and supports the LGBTQ+ community in Maui, and produces the annual Maui Pride Festival.


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.



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.

Learning for Justice

Learning for Justice 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. Formerly known as Teaching Tolerance, the organization changed its name to better reflect its work, from reducing prejudice to tackling systemic injustice.

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.


The ABC’s of LGBT+

We are living in a post-binary world where gender fluency and awareness of gender identity and a real understanding of our LGBT family is essential. Author Ash Hardell presents a detailed look at all things LGBT+ with in-depth definitions, personal anecdotes, helpful infographics, resources, and more. Learn more >

On our book cart:

There's A Caterpillar Inside Me! What to do when your inside doesn't match the outside 'you'

Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen

Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me

Responsive School Practices to Support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Students and Families

ʻO Au No Keia: Voices From Hawaiʻi’s Mahu and Transgender Communities

Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Issues in Education: Programs, Policies, and Practices

One Teacher in 10

Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and Their Journey to Love and Acceptance

Gender, Bullying, and Harassment: Strategies to End Sexism and Homophobia in Schools

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More


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