LGBTQ+

Schools that actively work to welcome and affirm LGBTQ+ students, families and staff improve the school climate for the whole school community. When students feel safe and affirmed, they can thrive both academically and socially.

LGBTQ+ inclusive schools:

  • Welcome all children, families and staff
  • Promote gender equity and support transgender, non-binary and gender expansive students
  • Proactively work to prevent and address bias-based bullying with an intersectional, anti-racist lens
  • Foster understanding and respect for all people

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Responding to Questions, Family, LGBTQ+, Parents/Caregivers

"Yes, They Are a Family!"

Children ask questions to understand the world around them. Be prepared with these sample responses about family.

Family, LGBTQ+

A Checklist for Embracing All Families

Ensure all of your students and their families and caregivers feel welcome with this simple checklist. Take time to review your school’s policies and practices. Are you developing a school…

LGBTQ+, Responding to Questions

Be Prepared for LGBTQ +Questions & Concerns

When receiving professional development training from HRC Welcoming Schools or using our materials, families, school staff or school boards may initially feel nervous about creating inclusive classrooms and schools, especially…

LGBTQ+

Children's Books About LGBTQ+ History

Welcoming Schools has curated a comprehensive booklist with accurate and informative texts about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer History. Many states have begun to mandate that LGBTQ+ history be…

LGBTQ+ Definitions, LGBTQ+, Gender

Defining LGBTQ+ Words for Elementary School Students

When children ask questions about LGBTQ+ words, it is often best to offer simple and direct answers. You might choose to answer a student’s question with another question to figure…