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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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APRIL is LGBTQ PRIDE / RESPECT MONTH Visit Take Action for ideas!

Please visit our Health Education website for the Save the Date list of 2016-17 upcoming professional development events.

Visit our Get the Facts section to view YRBS data. Learn about health and safety risks associated with LGBTQ youth.

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.

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.

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


San Francisco
Unified School District

Student, Family and Community Support Department



Pride District Wide

April is LGBTQ Pride/Respect Month

April's Health Awareness campaign celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community. District approved bulletin board materials and curriculum that promote understanding, recognize the civil rights movement, historical achievements and rights of the LGBTQ community are made available to all schools.

Improve school climate and promote welcoming schools by celebrating the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community and promoting respect for all members of your school community by:

April also includes the National Day of Silence, April 21, which is an additional activity to create a safe school by raising awareness of the discrimination LGBTQ people face and how they are often silenced due to the fear of discrimination.

READ THE WAD | Visit Take Action for ideas!



Pride District Wide

FALL 2016

View shapshot of Support Services for LGBTQ data such as sexual orientation populations, gender identity breakdowns, frequencies of anti-LGBTQ slurs, and more. Based on the 2014–15 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

View Snapshot PDF

More student safety data.



Pride District Wide

SFUSD Joins Nine School Districts for National "Out for Safe Schools" Campaign

The San Francisco Unified School District is proud to join 9 other school districts around the country for the National OUT for Safe Schools Campaign to ensure that LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning) students and their families feel safe and welcomed in our schools. This program is a partnership of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and GSA Network.
The 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey demonstrates that SFUSD’s LGBTQ students continue to experience higher rates of violence, harassment, and suicide thoughts than their heterosexual and cisgender peers. Positive school climates can affect not only LGBTQ students’ educational success, but also their psychological well-being.

Since 1990, Support Services for LGBTQ Youth, a program of San Francisco Unified School District under the Office of School Health Programs, has been a model in promoting safe and supportive environments for LGBTQ students and families. In celebration of SFUSD April LGBTQ Pride and Respect month, District support expands with the addition of the Out for Safe School badges.

By wearing a badge, SFUSD staff have the opportunity to declare themselves as allies to LGBTQ community and demonstrate their commitment to safe and inclusive schools. The badges can be worn voluntarily by administrators, teachers, counselors, nurses, social workers, support staff, clerical and security personnel who want to serve as resources to students and families.

For additional information that complement this Campaign, please visit: and



Familes Dinner Night

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.






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.




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


Read more stories in action archives...



Susan, School Nurse


School Nurse Burton High School

Q: What inspired you to be a mentor?

I don’t see myself as much a mentor as an advocate.  People ask me what a middle-aged straight lady is doing working on behalf of LGBTQ youth.  As a child of Holocaust survivors, I was brought up to believe and I strongly believe that everybody not only deserves but is entitled to equal rights. It all comes back to my belief that everyone’s entitled to an equally safe, equally loving, equally equal environment.

Read more of Susan's interview in Voices From Our Schools.


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.

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