LGBTQ School-Based Supports

There are a number of ways that schools can support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students, families, and staff.

You can also contact the LGBTQ Community Liaison for additional resources and supports.

OUT for Safe Schools®

The OUT for Safe Schools® campaign is a national initiative that supports school-based staff to visibly identify as trusted adults to LGBTQ students. School staff receive training in building affirming environments for LGBTQ students before receiving badges for the school community.

  • Make sure students know what the badges mean by distributing information through advisories or holding staff workshops
  • Find more training activities

Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs)

GSAs are student-run clubs to support LGBTQ students. These clubs primarily exist in  middle and high schools. Elementary schools have created Respect for All clubs with similar purposes.

  • Hold an interest meeting for students who want to start a GSA
  • Connect with other GSAs at the GSA Summit on January 28, 2019

Curriculum

Curriculum is both a window and a mirror, allowing students who are not LGBTQ to see the experiences of others and providing a reflection for LGBTQ students. These efforts include incorporating LGBTQ history, reading books by LGBTQ authors, and ensuring sexual health curriculum is inclusive of all identities.

Respect for All

Respect For All (RFA) is the NYC Department of Education’s program which is designed to celebrate diversity. Training offered to RFA Liaisons includes a two-day LGBTQ specific training.

Policy

The NYC  Department of Education is committed to creating and supporting learning environments that reflect the diversity of New York City. Part of this commitment is to develop supportive policies that affirm and validate LGBTQ students, families, and staff members.

  • Familiarize yourself with policies, including Chancellor’s Regulations (A-830, A-831, and A-832) and the Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students Guidelines
  • Review data, including NYC School Survey and incident data, to see where improvements can be made

Community-based LGBTQ Organizations

The DOE maintains a list of groups that offer resources for LGBTQ individuals.

LGBTQ Events and Opportunties

Learn about events, opportunities, and training sessions offered throughout the city; don't forget to check back frequently to see updates.

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