LGBTQ students are particularly vulnerable to bullying, harassment, and discrimination at school. In fact, 9 out of 10 LGBTQ school students experience some form of mistreatment. PFLAG staunchly advocates for safe schools and many of our chapters do outreach and advocacy in their local school districts.
If you or someone you care for is an LGBTQ student, an important first step is to find out if your school district has specific LGBTQ discrimination policies in place.
- You can often find district policies online, but it is best to confirm if they are up-to-date and accurate through the Office of the Superintendent for your school district. Rather than a phone call, you might confirm via an email or written letter to preserve a record of your interactions.
- Identifying and interpreting discrimination policies can be nuanced: for example, some districts have specific policies in place for LGBTQ students while others refer to general discrimination policies.
- If you have questions regarding the policies, you might contact the compliant officer for your school district for assistance.
Your PFLAG chapter might consider creating a document or web page that outlines schools district policies, as a helpful resource for local families with LGBTQ students. For example, see PFLAG Bellevue/Eastside’s Eastside School Districts LGBTQ Policies and Procedures, which covers the policies, procedures, and guidance documents that pertain to LGBTQ students in the King County communities.
Also note that other organizations focus on safe schools for LGBTQ students and some provide free and low cost information and tools. Consult Youth: Safe Schools and Anti-Bullying for details. Your PFLAG chapter might develop partner projects with a safe school ally group.