• LGBTQ2SIA+ Supports

    LGBTQ2SIA+ students, families, staff, and community partners are vital members of the Portland Public Schools community. Our commitment to this community continues to expand as we grow in our understanding of the unique needs and challenges facing the LGBTQ2SIA+ community. This webpage is just a starting point for finding information regarding rights, services available within PPS and the Portland metro area, and basic educational resources. Anyone - students, families, PPS staff - can reach out to the Program Manager if they have questions about PPS practices or would like to thought partner around a student need, building need, or department need.

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  • Spotlight!

  • February 1st is National Girls & Women in Sports Day!

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    Recognized annually in early February, National Girls & Women in Sports Day was first celebrated in 1987 to unite athletic organizations and women athletes, and to bring national attention to girls and women in sports. It has since evolved into an opportunity to acknowledge the benefits of sports participation for girls and women; celebrate the accomplishments of women and girls in athletics; and highlight the continuing struggle for equality and recognition for women in sports.

    Research compiled by Women’s Sports Foundation shows a number of disparities between boys and girls in sports participation. Adopting inclusive policies is one way that sports teams and organizations can not only close this participation gap, but improve accessibility and well-being for gender expansive youth. PPS recognizes the importance of reducing barriers to participation in athletics for all students, including girls and gender expansive students. Portland Interscholastic League promotes participation in interscholastic sports programs for students of all gender identities as per the guidance of the Oregon School Activities Association

     

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  • The Oregon Department of Education releases the 2023 Supporting Gender Expansive Students: Guidance for Schools update!

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    This guidance is grounded in the recognition, respect, affirmation, friendship, joy, belonging, and safety every human deserves - including the students, staff, and families that make-up our school communities. 
     
    Developed in partnership with students, families, school districts, community-based organizations, and state agency partners, this guidance is grounded in the civil rights of students to be free from gender identity-based discrimination when pursuing their education. This guidance provides assistance to districts in fostering educational environments that are safe, free from discrimination, and aligned with state and federal laws. 

     

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    LGBTQ young people are not inherently prone to suicide risk because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, but rather placed at higher risk because of how they are mistreated and stigmatized in society. Learn more about the Oregon results here.

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  • The Trevor ProjectWe’re here for you

    If you are thinking about harming yourself — get immediate support. Connect to a crisis counselor 24/7, 365 days a year, from anywhere in the U.S. It is 100% confidential, and 100% free.

    Our trained counselors understand the challenges LGBTQ young people face.

    They will listen without judgment. All of your conversations are confidential, and you can share as much or as little as you’d like.

    In very specific instances of abuse or a clear concern of an in-progress or imminent suicide, Trevor counselors may need to contact a child welfare agency or emergency services.

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Contact

Britt Bieberich (They/Them)
LGBTQ2SIA+ Program Manager
503-916-3954 x63954
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    To reserve a 45min appointment slot for assistance, click on the logo above and then again on the LGBTQ2SIA+ Supports Office Hours rectangle to select a time slot.

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