Kids Club: Interview with Laurie Vargas
After spending time talking with students and staff about creating more visibility for LGBTQ families, school social worker Laurie Vargas created a visible space for 3rd-5th grade Grattan Elementary School students with LGBTQ family members.
Since the start of this school year, this pioneering elementary school LGBTQ kids club has taken off! The students spend their time learning about how to address slurs, teaching their peers though skits, and having fun! Learn more about the LGBTQ Kids Club by reading this interview with Laurie Vargas!
2nd Annual High School GSA Day
School Health Programs is hosting the 2nd annual SFUSD Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Day on Friday, March 27th for all high school GSAs and LGBTQ student groups. Last year, over 50 Gay-Straight Alliance students from 9 high schools participated in this all day mini-conference that prepared students for SFUSD's April LGBTQ Pride month.
This year we are planning to build on our success and have more high schools participate. We are busy planning a schedule of informative and fun workshops, speakers and performers. Stay tuned for more information! Read about last year's event
Stand Up for Pride, Peace and Safety
Display our beautiful new LGBTQ Pride Series posters - "District Wide", "Wear it With Pride", and "Family Pride" - now in English, Spanish and Chinese! Copies are being distributed to all schools.
View these and other posters.
2014 Families Dinner Night a Fun Time
On Thursday November 6, SFUSD's Student, Family, and Community Support Department held the 4th annual LGBTQ Families Dinner, “Fall into Pride.” Aptos Middle School once again graciously – and enthusiastically -- hosted the event. Over 190 parents, students, district staff, school board members and CBO partners ... Read more and see photos from previous events!
By the Numbers: Looking Back at 2013-2014 LGBTQ Pride District Wide
As we begin the 2014-15 school year, we want to take this moment to reflect on the success our schools had in creating supportive environments for LGBTQ students, families, and staff. During the 2013-14 school year, our school district saw:
- Over 4,000 LGBTQ Pride wristbands and 125 “I heart Gay-Straight Alliance” t-shirts distributed to students and teachers
- 76 school-wide events celebrating LGBTQ Pride across all K-12 schools
- 67 school-wide events focused on Safety and Violence Prevention including information on LGBTQ bullying and harassment across all K-12 schools
- 2 large district-wide LGBTQ events: GSA student conference and LGBTQ Families Dinner
Based on SFUSD School Health Programs data collected by our evaluator, ETR Associates, LGBTQ safety and diversity awareness was listed among the top 3 school health awareness priorities across all (K-12) schools in the district. This is an amazing achievement!
Support Services for LGBTQ Youth extends a special thank you to students, teachers, school administrators, families, and CBO partners for making this possible. This year we will continue to aim for more success, inclusion, and celebration! See full story with photos at a larger size.
Diversity Initiatives and Lesson Plans
Elementary School Curriculum
Improve school climate, and create inclusive and supportive schools by celebrating the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community by implementing Family Diversity Books and Curriculum. Promote respect for all students and families of your school community. View lesson plans.
Making Middle Schools Safer and Inclusive!
The LGBTQ Leadership and Allyship Initiative is an exciting new program designed to reduce bullying and improve school climate for LGBTQ students. Learn More
SFUSD LGBTQ Student Data 2013
New LGBTQ student data is now available. The data presented come from a sample of larger SFUSD student health data from the 2013 administration of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).
These results show improvement in the areas of LGBTQ bullying. While we have some improvements of which to be proud, there is still much work to do in our efforts to create safer and more inclusive schools for our LGBTQ youth.
You can see some of this data included with some information on how we are responding to meet the needs of our LGBTQ students. We are excited to use this data to assist us in developing innovative ways to improve school climate for all students.
View Survey Results
It Gets Better Videos by SF Heavy Hitters
San Francisco is the city that knows how -- and we have done it again. See the It Gets Better films done by the San Francisco Police Department and from our two major league sports teams: the 2012 World Series Champions, San Francisco Giants and 2012 NFC Champions San Francisco 49ers. Together we can make a difference to create a safer place for our lgbtq youth.
Watch the videos!
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