About this Research Topic
This Research Topic is the second volume of the series Pride Month: Initiatives and Impact.
The other volumes are available here:
• Volume I – Pride Month: initiatives and impact - Sociological perspective
• Volume III – Pride Month: initiatives and impact - Communication perspective
• Volume IV – Pride Month: initiatives and impact - Political perspective
Each year, during the month of June, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community is celebrated in many areas in the world. It is a time to recall the trials endured by the members of the community and to celebrate and acknowledge the diversity of our society when it comes to the sexuality and identity of its individuals.
Pride is a time to remember, inform, and raise awareness of past and ongoing discrimination against members of the LGBTQ+ community. Memorials are held for those who have been lost to HIV/AIDS or hate crimes. Some governments and organizations support or lead initiatives to educate and increase the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community. For some, however, such initiatives are being repressed and stifled.
Despite the continuous and strenuous fight for equal rights, there are still areas in the world where the educational content is deeply tied to a still heteronormative society. On June 15th 2021, for example, a law was passed by the Hungarian government that banned all LGBTQ+ content from being discussed by underaged students. The role of schools as a place of learning and self-discovering is thus called into question, as by conditioning the access to discovering self-identity, these schools are contributing to prolonging years of prejudice and sexual / gender oppression. What happens when homossexuality, bissexuality, transsexuality and non-binary identification are prevented from being discussed or encouraged by the same people that are shaping society’s next leaders? To what extent can we understand the impact that the education system has on the acceptance of one-self?
Frontiers is organising a series of Research Topics to highlight the latest research on Pride Month in the Humanities and Social Sciences. To further understand and reinforce the importance of interdisciplinary research, we welcome submissions from different fields of study: sociology, education, communication, and political science.
This editorial initiative, launched during Pride month, brings a fundamental focus on new insights, novel developments, current challenges, latest discoveries, recent advances, and future perspectives on the initiatives and impact of Pride commemoration as a time to remember, inform, reflect, self-assess, support, and raise awareness.
This Research Topic is a great opportunity for researchers to discuss the different initiatives, and the impact of Pride on society. Examples of possible topics include the following:
• Educating content: How LGBTQ+ content is shared (or stifled) at school. The most recent example is the Hungarian ban on gay content in schools and colleges.
• The inclusion and representation of LGBTQ+ teachers/professors and administrators in schools and colleges.
• Safe learning environments for students belonging to LGBTQ+ communities: What can teachers and leaders do (Inclusive Curricula, Awareness)
• Inclusive sex education in schools and colleges
• Inequities in Education: considerations on LGBTQ+ Children and Youth
• The role of school mental health support policies for LGBTQ+ awareness in prevention of youth suicide.
Keywords: Pride Month, LGBTQ+, sexual identity, sexual orientation, inclusive education, community
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.