School safety and violence prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students: a question and answer guide for California school officials and administrators

Toolkits & Guides
San Francisco, CA
California Safe Schools Coalition

This document provides guidance for the following questions: What are school districts' legal responsibilities under state and federal anti-discrimination laws? What are some examples of discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity? Why are these laws necessary? How to we make sure we comply with these laws? What steps does a school district need to take to ensure it has an effective anti-harassment policy? Is it necessary to include enumerated categories in the anti-harassment policy? How can we prevent discrimination and harassment without taking resources away from other responsibilities such as improving test scores? Some of our students want to form a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club. How should we handle this? How do we comply with anti-discrimination laws and still respect the religious and cultural diversity of our students and their families? Can parents "opt out" of their children's participation in school programs that discuss sexual orientation and gender identity?

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