On the first day of class, call roll with last names only and ask students what name they go by and what pronouns they use. This takes care of students whose name does not match their legal name on your roster, as well as nicknames. Asking everyone for their pronouns will make transgender and students with other gender identities (genderqueer, agender, nonbinary) feel comfortable and welcome.
Respect everyone’s pronouns and names. You may have students whose names and pronouns change over the course of a semester: make a concerted effort to use what they ask you to use. If you make a mistake (like using the wrong pronoun), apologize.
Don’t make assumptions about people’s gender identities or sexual orientation. For example, if you’re talking about Valentine’s day casually in class don’t assume if a woman says “my date” she means the date is a man.
Don’t separate students into groups via gender, and don’t conduct activities where you use gender along a binary. If you need to separate students or practice statistics where there are two answers, use another binary that is not based on gender such as: do you wear glasses or not; crunchy or creamy peanut butter; cats or dogs; etc.
Engage students in conversations that question society’s norms, particularly in regards to gender and sexuality. These do not have to be overtly political, and can come up naturally in your course context. For example, a sociology class may discuss relationships, and you can talk about the variances that might occur.
Include LGBTQ+ identities in your curriculum when possible.