PFLAG offers the support necessary to build safer schools by connecting families whose LGBT loved ones have endured classroom bullying, supporting educators with the resources necessary to help prevent bullying at school, and empowering LGBT students themselves with a variety of tools and resources.
The following is a comprehensive list of support resources to guide and help you.
Safe Schools Resources:
The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.
The Trevor Project operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth (see attached brochure and card for more information).
Gay-Straight Alliance Network assists students from around the county to start and maintain GSA clubs. Another component of GSA is to provide students with the tools and resources necessary to become effective LGBT activists.
The Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership that provides free resources categorized by age, audience, and activity. Comprehensive and easily navigated, an excellent source for ideas and materials.
The National Safe Schools Roundtable (NSSR) is a coalition of people and organizations from across the United States who are substantively involved, on a professional and/or volunteer basis, in making schools safe and welcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth.
Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project - A program aimed at making sports and physical education programs respectful and inclusive of all students, including LGBT students. This site features multi-age and grade-level resources for students, coaches and schools.
Lambda Legal provides legal counsel and court analysis of legal protections for students and schools.
The National Crime Prevention Council. This site provides resources for many forms of bullying, harassment and crime. Many of the resources can be printed and shared with your community.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has a website dedicated to helping schools develop a comprehensive approach to confront harassment and bullying through electronic media.
The Cyber Bully Research Center provides up-to-date information and research regarding cyber bullying. Use this site to find fact sheets, current trends, resources and books to address cyber bullying in your schools and community.
Stopbullying.gov this newly revamped federal anti-bullying website is managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This site offers resources for parents, schools and students around all forms of bullying and harassment, including cyber bullying. The site also features information on bullying against LGBT youth.
A program of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, NetSmartz is an interactive web site for parent, teachers, and youth about internet safety.
Cultivate Respect - Discover Ways to have Healthy Conversations with Elementary School Students about LGBTQ Issues: PFLAG article, written by our Safe School Coordinator, Mekina Lucas, featured in the May 2011 American School Counselor Association Magazine.
Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Resources:
Gender Spectrum provides support and resources for families with transgender and gender non-conforming children and family members. The organization also provides guidance for educators to support gender diversity in school environments.
National Center for Transgender Equality is a social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration, and empowerment.
LGBT Family Resources:
COLAGE is an organization aimed at providing support for LGBTQ parents and families. COLAGE is dedicated to working towards social justice and building inclusive communities where families are respected and valued.
Family Equality Council is an organization which seeks to assist LGBT parents with creating welcoming communities for their families. The organization has a recent report which explains the negative ramifications of inequalities which hurt LGBT families.
Comprehensive Sex and Health Education Resources:
Advocates for Youth is a youth-led movement to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.
Comprehensive Sexuality Education Guide written by the Seattle and King County Public Health Department in Washington State.
LGBT Resources for Kids of Color:
LGBT kids of color face even more bullying and harassment and are faced with additional challenges in their communities and schools. Here are some additional resources to address those specific issues:
The Center for American Progress has countless data which highlights the complexities of LGBT youth of color.
Shared Differences: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students of Color in Our Nation's Schools - reports the unique challenges and experiences of middle and high school students of color. The report also highlights the stories of LGBT students of color in their own words.
Based in New York, FIERCE is an organization aimed at support the needs of LGBTQ youth of color.
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