Outsiders often associate Laramie with “The Laramie Project” and the murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. Out of that darkness, however, came the Shepard Symposium, an annual conference in which UW’s education school hosts workshops and lectures about diversity.
I heard about a presenter that advocates training teachers and counselors to be sensitive and supportive of LGBTQ students and the issues they face, so I talked to educators at Laramie High School to see what they’re doing, and what they think about that approach.
“Schools across the country have embraced sweeping anti-bullying measures in recent years. Universities and schools districts are encouraging teachers to celebrate diversity and discourage exclusionary language, but at the upcoming Shepard Symposium on Social Justice, the University of Wyoming will host a group that say teachers need to beexplicit about their acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning students. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez spoke with educators in Laramie about their thoughts on the topic and filed this report.”