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    BCPS supports 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, including LGBTQ youth and their families. For more information contact DPI’s LGBTQ+ Coordinator, Kezia Gilyard M.Ed., at 754-321-1634 or

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    Learn more LGBTQ facts and historical background for youth safety

    Learn more about LGBTQ safety and schools!

  • Ensuring LGBTQ Health & Safety

    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

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  • LGBTQ Critical Support Guide

    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.

  • Transgender Procedures

    View the LGBTQ Critical Support Guide's Section V. Policy Guidance: Transgender Procedures, Safety and Resiliency.

  • Resources & Links

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL)]ADL a 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 Inclusiinclusive ve 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.



    sunserve Whether 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 ateachervision mong 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 teaching tolerance offers 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.



    Religion 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.

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    There are numerous data sources that can provide you more information on this topic – just go to our Data & Surveys page.

  • Prosocial Clubs

    Human 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 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.