While children across the country are going back to school this month, HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools works year round to make school more LGBT-friendly.

Welcoming Schools is an LGBT-inclusive approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying in K-5 schools. The program provides tools, lessons and resources for administrators, educators and parents/guardians to fully engage the entire school community. Welcoming Schools aims to stop bias and bullying and to create a positive school climate where all students are welcomed and respected. 

Additionally, the program has trainers and consultants located throughout the United States that work to determine appropriate first steps for every community.  

“We know that students who are—or who are perceived to be—LGBTQ continue to face a harsh reality in school,” Welcoming Schools Director Johanna Eager explained. “However, as another school year begins, Welcoming Schools knows that the professional development and resources we provide to educators and staff across the nation will continue to have a significant impact on creating not only safe, but truly inclusive schools for all students to thrive and learn.”  

HRC’s groundbreaking report, Growing Up LGBT in America, found that the deck is stacked against young people growing up LGBTQ in America. The impact of bullying in particular weighs heavily on our youth. In addition to experiencing cyber-bullying, LGBTQ youth nationwide are twice as likely as their peers to say they have been physically or verbally harassed and excluded by their peers. 

Click here to learn more about Welcoming Schools.

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