North America could really learn a thing or two from the United Kingdom.
Here is the mission statement for Diversity Role Models:
Diversity Role Models actively seeks to prevent homophobic bullying in United Kingdom schools. We aim to stop bullying before it happens by educating all young people about differences in sexuality and gender identity.
In schools where homophobic bullying is tackled, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students are 60% less likely to be bullied. This environment allows young people to feel safe and focus on learning. It also prepares all students for a working environment in which homophobia and transphobia are not tolerated and diversity is respected.
We communicate with students directly, using positive role models to counter negative stereotypes. We help LGB and T young people to feel confident. We help their classmates to understand, accept and welcome the differences they notice in others.
Diversity role models can be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or straight. They need not be successful, attractive or brilliant. They certainly don’t need to be perfect. All they need to demonstrate is that it’s ok to be different.
Here’s a video of one of their lessons: