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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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Please visit our Health Education website for the list of upcoming professional development events.

Visit our Get the Facts section to view YRBS data. Learn about health and safety risks associated with LGBTQ youth.

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.

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.

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


All SFUSD schools are utilizing distance learning through the remainder of the school year. Get updates on COVID-19


Be an Ally and Stand Up for Pride, Peace and Safety

"District Wide Pride", "Wear it With Pride", and "Family Pride" - all in English, Spanish and Chinese! Copies are being distributed to all schools.

View these and other posters.

Find more resources on our Take Action page.






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!    


6th Annual SFUSD Genders & Sexualities Alliance Day
The 6th Annual SFUSD Genders & Sexualities Alliance Day, Stonewall: The Next 50 Years of Resistancewas held in April. GSA Day brings together LGBTQ+ and allied students across multiple SFUSD high school for a day of community building, affirmation and celebration. 




Pride District Wide

April is LGBTQ Pride/Respect Month

April'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.

Improve school climate and promote welcoming schools by celebrating the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community and promoting respect for all members of your school community by:

April also includes the National Day of Silence, 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.

READ the OASIS | Visit Take Action for ideas!


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


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Science Teacher
Everett Middle School

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

In the classroom I try to teach the history of certain terms especially the word “faggot” and I told them it came from a “bundle of sticks meant for burning people at the stake.”  Understanding that piece of history usually shocks the kids into how hurtful what they are saying is.

Read more

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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