Creating Safe and Welcoming Schools

HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools is the most comprehensive bias-based bullying prevention program in the nation to provide LGBTQ+ and gender inclusive professional development training, lesson plans, booklists and resources specifically designed for educators and youth-serving professionals. Our program uses an intersectional, anti-racist lens dedicated to actionable policies and practices. We uplift school communities with critical tools to embrace family diversity, create LGBTQ+ and gender inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying, and support transgender and non-binary students.

Celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month with Engaging Lessons and Books

Find out about prominent LGBTQ+ people and historical events that were part of the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement.

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Schedule a Welcoming Schools Premier Training - Virtual or In-Person!

Welcoming Schools is now offering professional development virtually and in-person. All of our trainings feature a comprehensive pre-training site for asynchronous learning and skilled facilitators who will work with your school team virtually or in-person. To learn more or book your training, contact us now!

Find LGBTQ+ and Gender Inclusive Resources for Your School

Ready-to-use lesson plans, books and resources to give educators the tools to create welcoming and inclusive school communities.

Anti-Racist Books to Help Educators Prevent Bias-Based Bullying

Most bullying is based on bias. These books will not only help you discuss bullying with your students, but they will help you address the underlying biases, stereotypes or prejudices that are often behind the bullying. Help your students become upstanders and allies.

Great LGBTQ+ Inclusive Picture & Middle Grade Books

These high-quality texts can help educators teach about LGBTQ+ people and topics that foster equity and belonging in schools.

Sign up for the Welcoming Schools Newsletter

Stay up to date on the latest Welcoming Schools resources and events by signing up to receive our monthly newsletter!

What Do You Say to ‘That’s So Gay’ & Other Anti-LGBTQ+ Comments?

Keep it simple with quick responses. Don’t ignore it. We have many sample responses so that educators feel prepared for teachable moments.

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Gender and Children: A Place to Begin

A checklist for a gender inclusive classroom. Support and empower all students to express their identities.

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Check out Welcoming Schools posters, bookmarks, T-shirts and more!

Show all students they are included with “Be Who You Are” bookmarks and posters. Support safe schools where all students can thrive with a Welcoming Schools baseball tee.

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