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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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NewsletterSpring 2014

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San Francisco LGBTQ Speakers Bureau Educates Youth
Read an interview with Leigh McLellan,
Program Director of the
San Francisco LGBTQ Speakers Bureau


SFUSD First Annual

The Gay-Straight Alliance at John O'Connell High School hosted the first SFUSD Gay-Straight Alliance Day on Friday, March 28th for all SFUSD GSA and/or LGBTQ students. Read more.


'LGBTQ Pride' wristbands a HIT!
This year, Support Services for LGBTQ youth provided more than 4,000 LGBTQ pride wristbands to our middle and high schools.  
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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


San Francisco is one of three school districts to be funded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control to implement programming for young men of color who are having sex with men. San Francisco was one of three pilot sites, and the bid was opened up to other districts throughout the country last year. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Broward County, Florida, are the new grantees. We will be heading to Atlanta to learn more about the expectaions for the program. 


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Following up on tje 2012 screening of the movie "Bully" for 2800 city students in four area theaters, DVDs and Bully Film Curriculum Guides have been distributed to all middle and high schools in the district. Our goal is to continue to support the film's teachings by fostering empathy and action in schools.


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

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


Diversity Field Trips and Lesson Plans

Elementary Schools

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.

High Schools

FREE field trip opportunity, "Doused in Milk!". This LGBTQ history tour of the Castro was created by Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC) youth interns. The tour lasts about one hour, and can accommodate up to 30 students, teachers and chaperones at once. Fact Sheet/Lesson

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Violence Prevention Snapshot

Focusing on Violence Prevention Latest Trend Results from the SFUSD’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Poster Art by SFUSD Student

Our initial violence prevention numbers from the CDC/SFUSD YRBS are promising, showing some improvement 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 schools for our LGBTQ youth.

You can see some of this data, and as always, we are excited to use this data to assist us in defining ways to improve school climate for all of our students.

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Get the Facts! AB 1266

In August of this year, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB1266 into law. The groundbreaking regulation allows transgender students to participate in all school activities, sports teams, and programs that match their gender identity.

This state policy includes access to bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports activities that correspond with students’ gender identities.  But more important, this policy which was written in collaboration with community based organizations including the GSA Network and the Transgender Law Center, intends to create safer and more accepting schools for gender variant students.

With support from the SFUSD School Board, the Superintendent, and with assistance from our community partners, we have had policies and procedures in place since 2002 to assist transgender and gender variant students feel safe and welcome in schools.

Kate Baker and Susan Kitchell

In the October issue of The California Teacher Association’s California Educator features interviews with Wellness Coordinator Kate Baker, and School District Nurse, Susan Kitchell. Read the full article at 

Both Susan and Kate welcome gender variant students who have questions, concerns, or needs that might affect their ability to be successful in school.  As Kate stated “If not being able to use a certain bathroom is a barrier to coming to school, let’s remove that barrier.”  And as Susan stated so well, we need to remember that our answer to every student should always be “Thank you for trusting me.”

This open door for discussion, safer schools, and access to all programs, facilities and services is the hallmark of the SFUSD Transgender Policy, and it has been reinforced by Calfiornia in AB 1266.

Visit our Get the Facts section to learn about more policies to protect, and conditions that affect, our students.


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.

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School Social Worker
Downtown High School

Q: At school, what have you done to create a safer climate for LGBTQ youth and their families?

We held an LGBTQ allied lineup on stage as part of an assembly to kick off the “Morning of Silence” event.  We asked staff and students to stand up as an ally—it definitely changed the climate of our community.

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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.

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