Across the nation, LGBTQ+ students of all ages are returning to school under an unprecedented and for some hostile political climate. We have witnessed an uptick in discriminatory legislation targeting LGBTQ+ youth and particularly trans youth in recent months, creating a sense of disdain, hopelessness and fear for many. Students’ safety is being compromised as elected officials seek to attack them for political gain. From anti-trans sports bills to book bans to curriculum censorship legislation, LGBTQ+ students are seeing their rights attacked and identities erased.
HRC’s "Back To School As You Are" campaign is designed to support LGBTQ+ students of all ages during the back to school season by connecting them with the tools and resources necessary to advocate for themselves. It also aims to assist parents, legal guardians, teachers, educators and youth-serving professionals challenged with supporting young LGBTQ+ people and allies during this troubling time.
The Human Right Foundation's Welcoming Schools program is continuously working with educators, schools, school districts and youth-serving professionals to ensure safe and inclusive learning environments for LGBTQ+ students and their families.
Hear from LGBTQ+ children and children of LGBTQ+ parents talk about how they can best be supported in education:
HELP PROTECT LGBTQ+ STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
Here is how you can help push back against discrimination and harrassment:
All students — no matter their background, sexual orientation or gender identity — deserve to feel safe and welcomed in schools. No student should experience discrimination or harassment in the classroom.
If you or someone you know has experienced harassment or discrimination in school on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression, a complaint can be filed with the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Know that bullying is often a form of harassment.
Additionally, The U.S. Department of Education recently released a proposed regulation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that protects students from discrimination in federally-funded educational activities and programs. Show your support for the regulation by submitting a public comment. To do so:
HRC and HRC Foundation strongly believe in the value of a quality education. LGBTQ+ youth face unique challenges as they navigate honoring their identities in classroom settings. As part of our "Back To School As You Are" campaign, we’ve compiled several resources to help LGBTQ+ students excel at their studies while living authentically and to help their educators and parents/guardians create affirming and inclusive spaces for them.
Our new educators’ toolkit is designed to help all educators be supportive, inclusive and affirming of their LGBTQ+ students. It includes booklists, guides, videos and glossaries to help create positive learning environments for all students!
To fully support LGBTQ+ youth, and the entire LGBTQ+ community, join us in advocating for the passing of the Equality Act, which will finally provide consistent, explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people while establishing structural change for our community.