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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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Upcoming Professional Development dates
Mark your calendars with the upcoming date for LGBTQ Family Diversity Training (Feb. 4). See our Professional Development page.

NEW STUDENT SAFETY DATA  Visit our Get the Facts section to view YRBS data from SY13-14

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.

SFUSD First Annual
  The Gay-Straight Alliance at John O'Connell High School hosted the first SFUSD Gay-Straight Alliance Day on in the spring of 2014 for all SFUSD GSA and/or LGBTQ students. Read more.

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.



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

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



Stand Up for Pride, Peace and Safety by posting our beautiful new LGBTQ Pride District Wide poster! Copies of the poster were distributed to all schools. Additional copies can be acquired by contacting us.

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More posters and ideas in Take Action


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.

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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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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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