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.

Wondering how to support transgender and non-binary students?

Check out Welcoming Schools resources or bring Welcoming Schools trainers to your school. Inclusive schools allow all students to thrive regardless of gender identity or expression.


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.

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Lesson Plans to Create Gender Expansive Classrooms and Support Transgender and Non-Binary Students

Find lessons such as “Gender Snowperson: Understanding Gender Identity”, “Red: A Crayon's Story –There's More To Me Than You Can See”, and “Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Women of Color: The Stonewall Inn and the Modern LGBTQ Movement.”

Be Prepared: Responding to Kids’ Questions on LGBTQ+ Topics

Children ask a lot of questions, and some are challenging to answer quickly or succinctly. Check out these responses to help ensure that you are prepared to give your children or students the answers they need.

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What does non-binary mean? What does trans mean?

Ever wondered how to define an LGBTQ+ word for a student?
Check out these resources to help you out!

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Secondary LGBTQ+ and Gender Inclusive Schools Checklist

Support and empower your students to express their identities so that they can thrive - socially, emotionally, and academically.

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