presentation guide

queer identity

for students

The QEDU Queer Identity for Students presentation provides audiences with a comprehensive overview of biological sex, gender identity, and attraction. Participants review affirmative language, LGBTQ+ vocabulary, and ally strategies to help establish a more positive school environment on campus. Interactive activities are used to promote understanding of queer identity and encourage audience discussion. This presentation is designed to satisfy the curriculum requirements as defined by the CA Education Code. 

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age level

We offer two different versions of this presentation for Middle and High School students.

curriculum requirements

CA Education Code: Section 51930

(2) To provide pupils with the knowledge and skills they need to develop healthy attitudes concerning adolescent growth and development, body image, gender, sexual orientation, relationships, marriage, and family.
(3) To promote understanding of sexuality as a normal part of human development.
(e) “Instructors trained in the appropriate courses” means instructors with knowledge of the most recent medically accurate research on human sexuality, healthy relationships, pregnancy, and HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

CA Education Code: Section 51933

(a) Instruction and materials shall be age appropriate. (b) All factual information presented shall be medically accurate and objective.
(5) Instruction and materials shall affirmatively recognize that people have different sexual orientations and, when discussing or providing examples of relationships and couples, shall be inclusive of same-sex relationships.
(6) Instruction and materials shall teach pupils about gender, gender expression, gender identity, and explore the harm of negative gender stereotypes. (e) Instruction and materials shall encourage a pupil to communicate with his or her parents, guardians, and other trusted adults about human sexuality and provide the knowledge and skills necessary to do so.

core concepts

Students will be provided with a detailed review of the following concepts:

- Concepts of Identity
- Assigned Sex
- Intersex
- Gender
- Gender Schemas
- Gender Awareness
- Gender Identities
- Non-Binary Gender
- Gender Expression 

- Drag Queens/Kings
- Sexuality
- Concepts of Attraction
- Sexual Identities 
      - Heterosexuality
      - Homosexuality
      - Bisexuality
      - Pansexuality
      - Asexuality

- Affirmative Language
- Dangers of Harassment
- Gender Pronouns
- Misgendering
- Affirmative Questions
- Respecting Privacy
- Being an Ally
- Community Resources

time and format

This presentation is approximately 1 hour in length. QEDU Educators are trained to provide this presentation on an individual classroom basis or assembly style depending on the needs of our participating organization. Please speak with a representative about the best strategy for implementing this program on campus. 

tools to complete

This presentation utilizes a standardized PowerPoint Presentation. The classroom or assembly hall must have A/V equipment to ensure that our presentation can be properly executed. Students will be invited to participate in a learning activity and will be asked to use a pen and paper for the exercise. 

additional information

The State of California mandates all students to receive sexual education that is inclusive of all gender and sexual identities, however, some restrictions may apply. Please be advised of the following amendments included in the CA Healthy Youth Act:

CA Education Code: Section 51938
(a) A parent or guardian of a pupil has the right to excuse their child from all or part of comprehensive sexual health education, HIV prevention education, and assessments related to that education through a passive consent (“opt-out”) process. A school district shall not require active parental consent (“opt-in”) for comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education.

CA Education Code: Section 51939
(a) A pupil may not attend any class in comprehensive sexual health education or HIV prevention education, or participate in any anonymous, voluntary, and confidential test, questionnaire, or survey on pupil health behaviors and risks, if the school has received a written request from the pupil’s parent or guardian excusing the pupil from participation.
(b) A pupil may not be subject to disciplinary action, academic penalty, or other sanction if the pupil’s parent or guardian declines to permit the pupil to receive comprehensive sexual health education or HIV prevention education or to participate in anonymous, voluntary, and confidential tests, questionnaires, or surveys on pupil health behaviors and risks.

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