This August, the Human Rights Campaign is observing the return to school—both in-person and online—with our Back To School campaign, providing resources, virtual events and social media content for students, teachers, youth-serving professionals and parents alike.
LGBTQ+ kids face unique challenges, especially those who identify as transgender and non-binary. In 2021, a record number of discriminatory bills aimed at keeping LGBTQ+ youth from living and participating in their daily lives as their authentic selves were introduced in state legislatures across the country. Those bills include eight laws which were enacted banning trans kids from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity, and laws limiting bathroom access and gender-affirming care.
Every child deserves a welcoming school environment that is affirming of their identities. With training, book lists, lesson plans and resources, as well as our on-the-ground organizing, we can all help schools better care for LGBTQ+ students.
We’re proud to be in the fight with you. Have a great school year!
Back To School HRC events
|The State of LGBTQ+ Youth and State Legislation||9/10/2021|
|Self-Paced Online Learning Module: Promoting Emotional Well-Being For LGBTQ+ Youth||Anytime||Anytime||hrc.im/YouthModule|
Read about what Desmond Is Amazing, an LGBTQ+ teenager and advocate who is known for their award-winning drag performances, has to say about what returning to classrooms means for LGBTQ+ youth, including how schools can help create more inclusive and affirming classrooms.
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. To celebrate Back To School, 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.
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.