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The San Francisco Unified School District provides this website to support educators with tools and resources to address lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) topics in a school setting. Our goal is to create a safer learning environment for all students with an emphasis on LGBTQ youth and their families.

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STUDENT SAFETY DATA  Visit our Get the Facts section to view YRBS data from SY13-14

LYRIC’s mission is to build community and inspire social change  Read an interview with Narcisa Huerta, of LYRIC to learn more about the organization and the middle school initiative.

CDC HIV Prevention Grant
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded grants to San Francisco Unified School District/School Health Programs since 1991. The grants assist us to implement both STD and HIV education, and to administer the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a nationwide student survey to assess risks and health factors affecting our youth. This grant is essential to providing school sites much needed comprehensive school health programming and support. School Health Programs was successfully awarded this grant again, for school years 2013-2018. We are eager to continue implementing programs that address comprehensive health education.

CDC YMSM GRANT- YEAR TWO
After a competitive process, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded a five year grant to San Francisco Unified School District/School Health Programs, Los Angeles Unified School District, and Broward County, Florida School District to pilot and implement programming for young men of color who have sex with men (YMSM). Learn more.

 

Visit Take Action to view activities that will help our students stay safe in school and other ways to get involved.

 

 

Student Safety Data
Learn about health and safety risks associated with LGBTQ youth.

Quote - “I don’t like labels. I’m a human being.” - 7th grader, Hoover Middle School

Contact Information


Support Services
for LGBTQ Youth

Student, Family & Community Support Department
1515 Quintara
San Francisco, CA
PH: (415) 242-2615
FAX: (415) 242-2618

Email:
info@healthiersf.org

San Francisco
Unified School District

Student, Family and Community Support Department



OUT IN OUR SCHOOLS
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Familes Dinner Night
 


2015-16
Families Dinner

Our 5th Annual SFUSD LGBTQ Families Dinner - Visions of Pride - also celebrating the 25th anniversary of Support Services for LGBTQ Youth - was a great success!

We enjoyed having all our families, staff, and community celebrate with us for this wonderful event.

Stay tuned for photos and highlights.

 

 

 

 

Laurie


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!    

 

 

 

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.

 

 



Familes Dinner Night


2014 Families Dinner Night a Fun Time
for All!

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

Student Health Surveys - powerpoint slides

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

Giants, 49rs and SFPD It Gets Better Videos

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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VOICES from our SCHOOLS
Rick

Rick Occulto

Our Family Coalition

Q: What is OFC? What is your position?

Our Family Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) families with children through support, education, and advocacy. We seek to create an inclusive and just world where all LGBTQ families with children have visibility and opportunities to thrive as valued participants in our schools, institutions, and communities.

As the Education Coordinator I work with schools and other youth-serving professionals to help them create more welcoming and inclusive environments for diverse families.

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Important Message

A Personal Message From
A Personal
Message From
President Obama
to LGBT Youth


Please watch the White House Video featuring President Obama offering words of encouragement to young people who are bullied, whether for perceived or actual sexual orientation, or for any reason.

View video at whitehouse.gov

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