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Yale School of the Environment


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, English Language Arts, Health

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Queering Environmental Justice

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  • This article explains how LGBTQ+ individuals are more prone to environmental risks, face discrimination in receiving aid, and how the environmental justice community could benefit from including more LGBTQ+ people. 
  • This resource is a review of a scientific paper published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Teaching Tips


  • This short article gives students a summary of an academic journal article that explains the disproportionate impacts of environmental exposure and discrimination on the LGBTQ+ community. 
  • Students will gain understanding or perspective through reading. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand how certain groups face discrimination and how aid after environmental events is offered to populations. 


  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in health classes discussing health concerns after natural disasters.
  • Social studies classes can discuss how various communities are impacted differently by natural disasters and how discrimination can affect those groups of people in a negative way.
  • After reading, a class discussion about the link between discrimination and increased risks would be beneficial. Have students list other risks that could increase with discrimination and brainstorm steps that can be taken to lessen those risks or decrease discrimination. 
  • To increase empathy, consider having students participate in an activity where anyone with a particular eye color or shirt color is not allowed to have a treat that is offered to all other students.  Then discuss the implications of not receiving clean water, food, or shelter after a natural disaster using the same criteria.
Scientist Notes
This resource underscores the impact of climate change on BIPOC and the LGBTQ community. Climate change decreases their socio-economic and health status disproportionately. On that point, there is an urgent need to address these inequities and explore sustainable ways to prevent social, racial, and environmental injustice. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.7.5 In literary texts, analyze how structure, including genre-specific features, contributes to the development of themes or central ideas. (RL) In informational texts, analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the sections contribute to the whole and to the development of themes or central ideas. (RI)
      • R.9-10.1 Cite relevant textual evidence that strongly supports analysis of what the text says explicitly/implicitly and make logical inferences; develop questions for further exploration. (RI&RL)
      • R.11-12.2 Objectively and accurately summarize a complex text to determine two or more themes or central ideas and analyze their development, including how they emerge and are shaped and refined by specific details. (RI&RL)
      • R.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases, including figurative and connotative meanings. Analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning, tone, and mood, including words with multiple meanings. Analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of technical or key term(s) over the course of a text. (RI&RL)
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