Advocate for safe and inclusive schools for all.
Together, we are a movement of action-takers. We are students, educators, faith leaders, families, and community members who know that we can be effective when we work together, use our voices, and center the experiences of LGBTQ youth in policy change. We envision a future where LGBTQ students feel safe and affirmed at school, and we’re asking you to join us in creating it right now.
Young people create change. As active members of your communities, you carry an immense amount of power. Through organizing, mobilizing, and speaking up for what you believe is right, you can advocate for LGBTQ-inclusive policies and the wellbeing of all students at your school. Remember, school administrators, school board members, and elected officials don’t know what it’s like to be a student, and they may not understand the changes they need to make for safer schools. But by sharing your stories and outlining specific changes, we can get their attention and encourage them to act.
Now more than ever, it’s important for LGBTQ students to know that you have the right to a safe and supportive learning environment.
If you have experienced discrimination in school because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, you’re not alone. According to GLSEN research, 66% of LGBTQ students report experiencing anti-LGBTQ discrimination at school. It’s clear that many school communities are in desperate need for a way to address this issue.
So what can we do to protect the rights of LGBTQ students in our school communities? You can start by downloading the Claim Your Rights Fact Sheet.
Having the ability to work collaboratively with other young people in pursuit of athletic excellence has countless benefits for all young people. Transgender youth deserve access to the same opportunities as their peers. Allowing trans students to compete with teams that align with their gender identity is validating and shows that schools are invested in all their students. Check out our policy and advocacy guide for understanding transgender inclusion in high school sports.