We all deserve the right to live, work, and thrive no matter our sexual orientation or gender identities—no exceptions. But today, certain politicians are pushing laws that restrict our freedoms and divide us, so they can get and hold onto power at any cost—even if that means denying us the basic rights, resources, and respect that we all deserve.
Educators, parents, students, and communities are uniting across race, genders, and place to demand safe and affirming schools where all our students can learn, grow, and thrive.
Now is our time to demand the fully resourced and supportive schools all our families need, and to ensure all LGBTQ+ people are free to be their authentic selves and pursue their dreams.
Please use the guidance in this toolkit freely and as you see fit! Share it with your colleagues and community, so we can all work together in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. We're absolute believers that if our words don't spread, they don't work and as such we are honored to have you use this language verbatim.
Creating Welcoming and Empowering Schools
NEA LGBTQ+ Trainings
Creating an Inclusive Space
A Guide to Pronouns
2023 Back to School Checklist
LBGTQ+ Book Recommendations
Get a Free Set of LGBTQ+ Books
Model Language and Resolutions
Use this suggested language and templates to advance LGBTQ+-inclusive policies in your community.
Model Legislative Language- Use this language to propose legislation mandating that schools teach an LGBTQ+-inclusive curriculum.
LGBTQ+ issues letter template- Use this template to draft a letter alerting school officials to policies that discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals. Letters should be customized to describe the particular facts and relevant laws and policies in a school or district.
NEA Model School Board Resolution- While they're often overlooked, school boards hold tremendous power when it comes to driving change in their communities. NEA developed a model school board resolution as a result of the Bostock Supreme Court decision. This model policy will help local districts to make meaningful changes at the local level to protect the civil rights of our students. Need more inspiration? Follow the lead of these school districts with LGBTQ+-inclusive policies:
- Kansas- Olathe Public Schools (2019): Expanding Non-Discrimination Policies to include Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
- California- Los Angeles Unified School District: Comprehensive District policies for transgender and gender non-conforming students and educators
- Illinois- Chicago Public Schools (2016), Harlem School District 122 (2020), Berwyn South School District 100 (2015), Evanston Township High School District 202 (2017), Evanston District 65 (2020): Comprehensive District policies for transgender and gender non-conforming students and educators
- Canada- LGBTQ+ Policy