Make Schools LGBTQ+ Safe


Make schools more welcoming for LGBTQ+ students and their families

Our approach

END workplace discrimination so teachers can be out. A safe school environment can't happen without a safe work environment.

ENSURE that school policies support the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ students in classrooms, athletics, and other activities free from harassment.

ENSURE curricula across all content areas includes the lives and histories of LGBTQ+ individuals. This requires the end of policies that deem the discussion of LGBTQ+ unhealthy or deviant.

Safety and Bullying

Creating a safe environment for LGBTQ+ youth
For Educators and Professionals

It is important to build a safe environment for all youth, whether they are straight or LGBTQ+. All youth can thrive when they feel supported. Parents, schools, and communities can all play a role in helping LGBTQ+ youth feel physically and emotionally safe:

  • Build strong connections and keep the lines of communication open. Some LGBTQ+ youth often feel rejected. It is important for them to know that their families, friends, schools, and communities support them.
  • Establish a safe environment at school. Schools can send a message that no one should be treated differently because they are, or are perceived to be, LGBTQ+. Sexual orientation and gender identity protection can be added to school policies. 
  • Create gender and sexuality alliances (GSAs). GSAs help create safer schools. Schools must allow these groups if they have other “non-curricular” clubs or groups. Learn more about the right to form a GSA under the Equal Access Act
  • Protect privacy. Be careful not to disclose or discuss issues around being LGBTQ+ with parents or anyone else.

LGBTQ+ have an increased risk of being bullied
For Parents

Depending on the environment, some groups—such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc (LGBTQ+) youthyouth with disabilities, and socially isolated youth—may be at an increased risk of being bullied.

Generally, children who are bullied have one or more of the following risk factors:

  • Are perceived as different from their peers, such as being overweight or underweight, wearing glasses or different clothing, being new to a school, or being unable to afford what kids consider “cool”
  • Are perceived as weak or unable to defend themselves
  • Are depressed, anxious, or have low self esteem
  • Are less popular than others and have few friends
  • Do not get along well with others, seen as annoying or provoking, or antagonize others for attention

However, even if a child has these risk factors, it doesn’t mean that they will be bullied.


The only thing they have to look forward to is hope. And you have to give them hope. Hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow, hope for a better place to come to if the pressures at home are too great. Hope that all will be all right.”
—Harvey Milk