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As stated at the outset of this course, in addition to economic obstacles disproportionately affecting LGBTQ+ students from less resourced families, LGBTQ+ students of all socioeconomic backgrounds report not participating in extracurricular activities like speech and debate as a result of concerns about harassment and lack of belonging. However, given that speech and debate may provide LGBTQ+ students with an intellectual and educational opportunity that is less encumbered by the social policies and lack of representation potentially experienced in the larger school setting, it is important for coach educators to intentionally and proactively recruit LGBTQ+ students. Being mindful of the need to recruit and sustain the participation of LGBTQ+ students in your speech and debate program is the starting point for incorporating best practices for engaging and mentoring LGBTQ+ students.