With increased visibility of the LGBTQ+ community, youth are gaining the courage to share how they identify at a younger age. These resources are designed to help school administrators, teachers, and other youth-serving professionals to ensure that their school has a supportive environment in which students of any gender or sexual identity can thrive.
We are still working on developing this page, if there are specific resources that you are looking for but do not find here, please let us know. We will try to help you locate the resources you need and will add resources to this page as appropriate.
Creating Safe Spaces in Schools for LGBTQ+ Youth
"LGBTQ students are more than four times as likely to attempt suicide compared to their straight and cisgender peers, and bullying is often a huge factor in this... [I]t’s up to teachers, administrators, and fellow students to find ways to show support, because the costs can be devastating."
The Trevor Project put together this guide for creating safe spaces in our schools. Click the link to read more.
"Results from the 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) show that, nationwide, more U.S. high school students who self-identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) report having been bullied on school property (23%) and cyberbullied (27%) in the past year than their straight peers (7% and 13%, respectively). "
StopBullying.gov has data and links to resources related to bullying in schools that may be helpful in seeing and responding to what LGBTQ+ students in your school may be experiencing.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor project believes that "LGBTQ young people deserve a welcoming, loving world. And we wake up every day dedicated to making that a reality."
This site is full of information and resources to help assist in making that a reality in your community.
*Hint: Use the search function to find the resources you are looking for. Key words that school personnel may find helpful include educator, school, bullying, and training.
GSA can stand for either Gay-Straight Alliance or Gender and Sexuality Alliance depending on your school.
According to GSA Network these are "student-run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities. GSAs have evolved beyond their traditional role to serve as safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth in middle schools and high schools, and have emerged as vehicles for deep social change related to racial, gender, and educational justice."
The linked article will bring you to an introduction to GSA clubs page where you can learn more.