Gender and Sexuality Alliances
Campuses across PPS are home to many LGBTQ2SIA+ student groups where students can be in community regularly throughout the school year. These groups go by many names, including: Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA), Queer Straight Alliance (QSA), and Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA). Students in these groups do everything from socialize to advocate for the needs of LGBTQ+ students in an effort to create more affirming learning communities. Check back regularly for updates!
How to Start a GSA
So, you want to start a GSA at your school? Hooray! Click on the pictures below to learn more. Click on the photos below to find the condensed steps of what you need to do to get started and the answers to frequently asked questions. As always, please reach out to the Program Manager for LGBTQ2SIA+ Supports if you have any questions or need assistance.
Know Your Rights!
Lambda Legal has put together quick references based on US law on topics that frequently impact LGBTQ+ teens and young adults. Learn more about their work here and more about LGBTQ youth topics below.
Same-sex Dates and School Dances
Anti-Gay and Anti-Equality Speech
A Transgender Adovcate's Guide to Updating and Amending School Records
Additional Resources for Students, Teachers, and Advisors
This updated guide is intended for use by and in collaboration with gender expansive students. It contains the Meeting Request form, School Support Plan, and Name/Gender Marker Change form as well as a description of each form. Students may wish, but are not required, to include family members, caregivers, school social workers, school counselors, school administrators, or other trusted adult staff members when creating a support plan. Students or their trusted adults may also contact the Program Manager for LGBTQ2SIA+ Supports (email@example.com) if they are in need of assistance with getting a support plan in place at their school.
Brought to you by the SAY Wellness team in collaboration with LGBTQ+ Supports:
Are you a parent or caregiver wanting to learn more about supporting a young person in your life who is or could be LGBTQ+ identified? If so, read on! This guide is for you.
Students may also ask their school counselor for a printed copy of this guide.
The Trevor Porject
Exploring your sexual orientation and/or gender identity can bring up a lot of feelings and questions. Inside this handbook, we will work together to explore your identity, what it might be like to share your identity with others, and provide you with tools and guiding questions to help you think about what coming out means to you.
It Get's Better Project
Meet imi (eye-me), a free, research-backed, mental health web app developed by Hopelab in partnership with the It Gets Better Project, CenterLink, and hundreds of LGBTQ+ youth. It's a tool for LGBTQ+ teens, by LGBTQ+ teens and their allies to help LGBTQ+ young people explore their identity and support their mental health.
Lessons, Toolkits, Books, and more!
Advocates for Youth - Creating Safer Spaces for LGBTQ Youth toolkit
Black and LGBTQ: Approaching Intersectional Conversations
Building Effective Youth-Adult Partnerships
Guide to Being an Ally for Trangender and Nonbinary Youth
How Using Gender Neutral Language Can Break the Silence of LGBTQ Students
Learning for Justice - Lesson plans differentiated by grade band
Pronoun Practice - Minus 18 has put together an online tool to practice using pronouns!
Bridge 13 - provides educational workshops on the concerns/needs and joy/celebrations of LGBTQIA2S+ communities, with particular focus on how to better serve, support, and affirm LGBTQIA2S+ youth and individuals. This resources works differently for if you are a SUN school. Please contact the Program Manager for LGBTQ+ Supports. All other schools can contact Bridge 13 through their website.
GLSEN Webinars - These cover everything from Mental Health Professionals to the experiences of trans and nonbinary youth in schools
Transgender Training Institute - We are a team of transgender and non-binary educators who facilitate professional development and personal growth trainings. We provide tailored trainings for a wide range of clients, and also offer webinars and classes for individuals.