DCPS is working to make schools safe and inclusive for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students, staff, and families. Research shows that the way schools and families respond to LGBTQ youth can affect their physical health, mental health outcomes, academic outcomes and their decision-making later in life. As part of a plan to create an inclusive community, DCPS has:
- Trained school liaisons on how to build an inclusive and welcoming school community by implementing programming to support LGBTQ students, staff and families (i.e., support groups such as Gay-Straight Alliances); and
- Developed clear guidance for schools in supporting transgender and gender-nonconforming members of our school community, and sponsored an annual "Leading With Pride" conference to build the leadership capacity of our students and faculty advisors to implement school-level LGBTQ programming.
LGBT Liaison Program
LGBTQ Liaisons are visible allies to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or questioning students, staff and families in the school community. LGBTQ Liaisons continue to find ways to support students, staff and families and facilitate safe learning environments for all. Support for LGBTQ Liaisons continues throughout the duration of the school year with ongoing training opportunities and connections with community resources through DCPS’s HIV/STI Prevention Grant.
Leading with Pride
Leading With Pride is an annual conference of Gay-Straight Alliance club members, faculty advisors and unaffiliated LGBTQ-identifying students from across DC. DCPS partners with sister agencies and community organizations to host this event. Check here for more information.
Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Policy Guidance
DCPS has developed the DCPS Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Policy Guidance, which is intended to be a tool for schools, parents and students to effectively navigate existing laws, regulations and policies that support transgender or gender-nonconforming DCPS students. It provides guidance to ensure that all students are treated equitably and with dignity at school.
Print the LGBTQ Resources for Families brochure.
OUT for Safe Schools Badges
DCPS joined nine other school districts nationwide to launch the OUT for Safe Schools badge initiative. The OUT badges aim to create visible adult allies to enhance the support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth who continue to experience disproportionate health outcomes including higher rates of depression, suicide, homelessness, and STI/HIV infection. The badges also feature local and national resources available to all.