April is LGBTQ Pride/Respect Month
This month’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.
April also includes the National Day of Silence, April 15, 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. Visit Take Action for ideas!
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: www.outforsafeschools.org and www.gsanetwork.org.
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.
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
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