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Welcoming Schools Back to School Toolkit

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Welcoming Schools has released the 2023 Back To School Toolkit full of Elementary and Secondary Resources, booklists, video discussion guides, and much more! Create a welcoming and inclusive classroom for the new school year with Welcoming Schools resources.

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

Creating Safe and Welcoming Schools

HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools is the most comprehensive bias-based bullying prevention program in the nation to provide LGBTQ+ and gender inclusive professional development training, lesson plans, booklists and resources specifically designed for educators and youth-serving professionals. Our program uses an intersectional, anti-racist lens dedicated to actionable policies and practices. We uplift school communities with critical tools to embrace family diversity, create LGBTQ+ and gender inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying, and support transgender and non-binary students.

Teaching LGBTQ+ History

This website is dedicated to “Teaching LGBTQ History” which primarily focuses on providing resources and materials that fulfill the requirements put forth by the FAIR Education Act with regards to LGBTQ history. This site serves as a comprehensive reference hub for information regarding the FAIR Education Act, as well as for History Framework Lesson Plans and General LGBTQ Lesson Plans, and resources to support teachers as they work with the new content required by the FAIR Education Act. We are honored to work together with you to help California’s history and social sciences education be more Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful for all K-12 students.

How to Support Bisexual Youth

At The Trevor Project, we’re always working to create a safer world for LGBTQ youth.  Our guide on “How to Support Bisexual Youth: Ways to Care for Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid, and Queer Youth Who are Attracted to More than One Gender” is an introductory educational resource that covers a wide range of topics and best practices for supporting the bisexual youth in your life, which may include yourself! Educating ourselves is an ongoing practice, and how we define and express identity is an ongoing journey.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

Advocates for Youth

Advocates for Youth help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. For out of school time professionals, this site offers resources such as lesson plans, curriculum and education program ideas, topics and issues, and organizational development.

Runaway Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center – Resource Page

RHYTTAC’s resource library with various information sheets, tips, guides and more for educators, families, and runaway and homeless youth. All resources cover topics spanning from positive youth Development, best practices in LGBTQ homeless youth, and more.

GLSEN Back to School Guide for Creating LGBT-Inclusive Environments

This guide has 10 important steps educators can implement in their classrooms to create a more inclusive and safe environment for LGBTQ students. Each numbered category has links to other free articles that can help educate teachers in LGBTQ-inclusive classroom strategies.

Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators Collection

The Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators Collection offers a series of digital media resources to help administrators, guidance counselors, and educators understand and effectively address the complex and difficult issues faced by LGBTQ students. The collection features short segments of video content from WNET’s groundbreaking LGBTQ series First Person, a digital series that delivers candid personal narratives illustrating larger conversations about gender, sexuality, social norms, and identity development. The video content is scaffolded by a suite of materials (informational text, conversation guides, discussion questions, and teaching tips) to facilitate their use in professional development settings. When used in tandem, the videos and accompanying educational resources will help promote understanding, awareness, and self-esteem.

Inclusion and Respect: GLSEN Resources for Educators

GLSEN’s resources include educator guides, LGBT-Inclusive curriculum, and lesson plans on bullying, bias, and diversity.

Gender Pronouns

Guide to using gender pronouns.