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July 11, 2013 4:11 pm

GLAD’s Youth Initiative Wants You To Be Ready for the New School Year

With the start of a new school year just around the corner, now is the perfect time to make sure your school is welcoming and safe for LGBTQ youth. The following checklist can help guide you:

  • Internet filtering: Does the school’s internet filter block all websites with words like “gay” or “lesbian”? LGBTQ content is not necessarily inappropriate. Download our checklist for help determining whether positive LGBTQ sites are being filtered out.
     
  • Bullying: Does your school’s anti-bullying policy prohibit bullying based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation? Is your school enforcing its policy?
     
  • GSA: Does your school have a Gay/Straight Alliance? Studies show that LGBTQ students at schools with GSAs feel safer.
     
  • Prom: Can LGBTQ youth attend school dances on the same basis as other students? Can they dress according to their gender identity? Can they bring a date of their choosing, regardless of gender?
     
  • Non-discrimination policy: Does the non-discrimination policy include gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation?

If you have questions about any of these issues, or need help working with your school to keep your student safe, contact GLAD’s Legal InfoLine at
800-455-GLAD or www.glad.org/rights

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