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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IN the NEWS
Celebrate LGBTQ Pride / Respect Month 2014
FREE LGBTQ Field Trip for High School Classes: April 8 - May 1
Doused in Milk!", an LGBTQ history tour of the Castro. Read WAD
CDC YMSM GRANT
Visit Take Action to view activities that will help our students stay safe in school and other ways to get involved.
Student Safety Data
OUT IN OUR SCHOOLS
Diversity Field Trips and Lesson Plans
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.
FREE field trip opportunity, LGBTQ History Tour. 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. Read WAD | Fact Sheet / Lesson
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.
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
VOICES from our SCHOOLS
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