• 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. 

     

                 How to start a GSA FAQ in a purple circle with a jean pocket with rainbow heart pin in top right cornerHow to state a Genders and Sexualities Alliance with a large rainbow flag held on the sides by folks seen from the waist down


Additional Resources for Students, Teachers, and Advisors

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    PPS Gender Identity Support Guide in black with circular photo of five students huddled together facing forward and smiling

    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 (lgbtq@pps.net) if they are in need of assistance with getting a support plan in place at their school. 

     

    Caregiver Support Guide For parents and caregivers of lgbtq+ Youth. Learn more here about supporting LGBTQ youth 

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    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

    Trevor Project, Saving young lives. Coming Out in white and A handbook for LGBTQ Young People in black on yellow background

    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

    Welcome to imi, guides built for LGBTQ+ teen to help you explore your identity and support your mental health

    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! 


    Booklists

    GLSEN's 2021:         Elementary School         Middle School           High School


    Trainings

    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. 

Contact

Britt Bieberich (They/Them)
LGBTQ2SIA+ Program Manager
503-916-3954 x63954