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Supportive educators save students’ lives. Having just one visibly supportive educator in a school can ensure that LGBTQ students feel safe, welcomed, and encouraged to learn. 

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GSA organizing is making schools safer, changing communities, and building power for the next generation of LGBTQ+ youth.

the 2020 Virginia General Assembly passed HB145/SB161 which requires school boards to adopt policies to support and protect transgender students.

In response, several LGBTQ+ and allied organizations in Virginia led by Side by Side, Equality Virginia, and Rainstorms to Rainbows created a guide for school districts on how to best support transgender students. Equality Virginia sent this guide to all superintendents in Virginia and we strongly recommend using this guide in conjunction with the guide from the VA Department of Education set to come out in December of 2020.

Click the flag above to download the guide.

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How to Make Your School Safer for LGBTQ Students

If you are a school administrator or educator, here's what you can do to make your school safer for LGBTQ youth.


Rights, Respect, Responsibility is a sex education curriculum that fully meets the National Sexuality Education Standards and seeks to address both the functional knowledge related to sexuality and the specific skills necessary to adopt healthy behaviors. Rights, Respect, Responsibility reflects the tenets of social learning theory, social cognitive theory and the social ecological model of prevention.

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