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
Violence Prevention Snapshot
Focusing on Violence Prevention Latest Trend Results from the SFUSD’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey
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.
View Snapshot (pdf)
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 cta.org.
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
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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