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Welcome to the LGBTQ Safe Zone!

The School Board of Broward County provides this website to support educators with the tools and resources necessary to address lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) topics in a school setting. Our goal is to create a safer learning environment for all students with an emphasis on LGBTQ youth and their families. Broward County School’s Diversity, Cultural Outreach & Prevention Department’s vision is a learning environment where every student feels safe and respected, is drug-free and is academically engaged.

Want to learn more LGBTQ facts and historical background for youth safety?  Read this.

Looking for resources related to LGBTQ?  Click on the below links:

The LGBTQ Critical Support Guide
image072 The LGBTQ Critical Support Guide will enhance ongoing efforts to make each Broward K-12 public school a safer place for all students—with particular emphasis on the often-targeted community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) students and staff.  It further intends to improve the manner in which administrators go about implementing existing federal, state and local laws and policies concerning harassment and discrimination. The LGBTQ Critical Support Guide is equipped with the answers to many of the questions, resources and support information needed to provide a safe school community for our LGBTQ students, staff and families.

Following a series of tragic suicides between 2010-2011, the Obama administration sent out a public letter and video created to bring awareness and support LGBTQ youth. The Obama’s “It Gets Better”  link provides more information.

The Equal Access Act’s requirements are a bare legal minimum.  In Secretary of Education’s “Dear Colleague” letter, educators are invited to go beyond what the law requires in order to increase students’ sense of belonging in the school and to help students, teachers, and parents recognize the core values behind our principles of free speech. More information can be found: Key Policy Letters from the Education Secretary and Deputy Secretary

Resources & Links

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL)]image011a leader in the development of materials, programs and services, builds bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diverse groups. Access their resources by clicking here.

 

The InclusiInclusiveSchoolsNetworkve Schools Network ]offers a forum for educators, students, family, and community members to share experiences and ideas with each other. It is important for the Inclusive Schools Network to model an inclusive approach in welcoming and valuing all perspectives and opinions regarding the practice of inclusive education. Access their resources by clicking here.

 

 

 

sun serveWhether you think or know that your teen has sexual identity issues – research studies show that how you handle the matter can make a huge difference in your child’s life.  SunServe has resources and services to help!

 

 

 

Teach students to respect differences ateacher visionmong people in their community and around the world by using the resources from TeacherVision for elementary, intermediate, or high school students. You’ll find printables that promote tolerance and understanding, and lessons about immigrant families. Art, reading, and writing activities will help familiarize students with the history and traditions of different religions and ethnic groups.

 

Teaching Tolerance image010offers a place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools. Visit their website by clicking here.

 

image012Religion in the Public Schools. The issue of the proper role of religion in the public schools continues to be the subject of great controversy. School officials, parents and students — as well as lawyers and judges — wrestle with these questions every day. However, clear standards and guidance are elusive. This handbook will help provide a roadmap through this terrain.

Data & Surveys
GLSEN’s website provides information regarding LGBTQ issues on a national level. Please look at GLSEN’s National School Climate Report and the National Reports and Briefs links to learn more.
FAQ
question markQuestions and Answers on Why We Address Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Schools

Sometimes questions arise when educating people about youth and staff that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning. The following questions and answers are can be helpful to understanding why discussing and understanding LGBTQ people is important. For frequently asked questions and much more, go to the LGBTQ Critical Support Guide Link (pages 37-39).

Workshops and Trainings
circleWorkshops and training can provide understanding regarding the key issues that impede safety in the learning environment for all students including sexual minority students and those perceived as such.  Some available trainings are:

  • Identify how safety issues impact both performance in school and personal development for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender young people
  • Identify tools that can be used to influence student behaviors to reduce bullying, to counter prejudice and intervene with name calling
  • Identify resources in the community and the most contemporary articles and materials to assist helping professionals in meeting those challenges
  • Ensuring LGBTQ Health and Safety 101 (Precursor for 201 and 301)
  • Ensuring LGBTQ Health and Safety 201 (Precursor for 301)
  • Ensuring LGBTQ Health and Safety 301
  • LGBTQ Critical Support Guide Training for Administrators, Staff and Community
  • Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Sponsor Training        
  • GSA Leadership Summit training

If you are interested in a training or would like more information, please call DCO&P at 754-321-1655

Prosocial Clubs
HumHuman Relationan Relation Councils. Human Relation Councils Approved by the School Board of Broward County in August 1999, the Human Relation Councils were established in October 1999 to in the Secondary Schools and centers. Broward is one of the most diverse counties in the nation. The HRC’s have become key mechanisms for the training of students and staff in diversity sensitivity, cultural competence and affording students an opportunity to foster greater intercultural relations and understanding.

 

Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)]Gay-Straight AllianceGay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Clubs are student clubs that allow students with a common interest to get together and have events or discussions about that interest. GSA clubs are made up of students of any sexual orientation; in fact many GSA members are straight-identifying youth. In these clubs, students can talk and learn about issues that surround sexual orientation and gender identity.  For Additional information go to the National GSA Network Resources website.

Welcoming Schools

This powerful 9 minute video, “What Can We Do? Bias, Bullying and Bystanders,” is to be used as a teaching tool for both adults and students. It is to be used expressly by our Welcoming School Prevention Liaisons in our elementary schools.  Enjoy!