LGBT Supports

The New York City Department of Education supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students, families, and staff across the five boroughs through a variety of policies and programs.

Contact

If you have questions or need support regarding LGBTQ identity, contact LGBTQ@schools.nyc.gov

June 2021 Pride Month Events

Join and register for the free events.

Educator Workshop: Creating an Early Childhood Environment for LGBTQ Inclusion

The NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE) is hosting these workshops to address inclusive curriculum development and parent/guardian engagement during the early years of students’ educational careers. This workshop will give educators a more robust understanding of gender and sexuality throughout the life-course.

Participants will be supported to become more knowledgeable allies and equipped to respond to students’ questions and exploration with support and affirmation specific to their developmental level.

All members of the NYCDOE learning community are welcome to register online for one of the sessions below.

  • May 21, 2021, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • June 10, 2021, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • June 18, 2021, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Stonewall Inn Virtual Tours

The National Parks Conservation Association, in partnership with NYC Department of Education, will again host the popular live tours of the Stonewall National Monument and its rich LGBTQ+ history.

The interactive sessions are virtual and scheduled as an after-school activity for students. No preparation is needed. There will be fun questions and time to interact with one another. Space is limited to 50 students. Please register online on a "first come first, served" basis.

  • May 25, 2021, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • June 1, 2021 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • June 8, 2021 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

History UnErased LGBTQ+ Trainings

Elementary Educators: Creating LGBTQ+ Inclusive Classrooms, Libraries and Culture

Topics include: Building empathy through storytelling, K-5 LGBTQ-inclusive social studies content, Unpacking indicators of learning outcomes, Methods and strategies for implementation, and more.

Secondary Education: Contextualized, Intersectional Approaches for Systemic Change

Topics include: Implications of implicit bias in the curriculum, Contextualized content for systemic change, Unpacking indicators of learning outcomes, Structuring sustainable mentorship, and more.

School and District Leaders: Implications and Considerations to Support LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum

Topics Include: Introduction to LGBTQ-inclusive history, Alignment with the CRSE framework, Implications via systems and behavioral lenses, Managing conversations about fear of pushback, Analyzing authentic scenarios with stakeholders, and more.

LGBTQ+ Book Talk Series for Educators and Librarians

Join the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Learning for the 2021 NYCDOE LGBTQ+ Book Talk Series, which will showcase some of the most engaging contemporary voices in LGBTQ+ books on Wednesdays from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM in grade-banded talks via Zoom. All attendees receive CTLE credit.

The first 40 NYCDOE teachers to register and attend both talks will also receive book club sets (10 copies for 6-12 and 5 copies for K-5) of each of the books in their respective grade-banded series.

  • When registering for your grade-banded event (links below), please select the "Book set” option.
  • If you are placed on the "Book set waitlist," you will be waitlisted to receive the book club sets if one of the first 40 registrants does not attend both of their grade-banded book talks.
  • The registration will also ask you to register via the NYCDOE Zoom (https://nycdoe.zoom.us) registration page for the event, which will allow you to access the talks. 
  • In order to receive your books, you must sign into both book talks on time with your NYCDOE email address (@schools.nyc.gov). If you are one of the first 40 registrants and log on with an email address other than your DOE email (i.e. a personal email or school-specific email), you may not be counted in attendance and will not receive the book club set of each book.

Elementary School

Join Kyle Lukoff, author of When Aidan Became a Brother, on June 2nd—and Maya Christina Gonzalez, author of The Gender Wheel, on June 15th.

Middle School

Enjoy Karleen Pendleton Jiménez, author of The Street Belongs to Us, on May 26th—and Trung Le Nguyen, author of The Magic Fish, on June 9th.

High School

Engage with George M. Johnson, author of All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto, on May 19th—and Andrew Maraniss, author of Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke, on June 23rd. To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/153543750491

LGBTQ+ History Talks for Middle and High School English Language Arts and Social Studies Educators

Join the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Learning for the 2021 NYCDOE LGBTQ+ History Talk Series, which will showcase some of the most engaging contemporary voices in LGBTQ+ history from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM via Zoom. All attendees receive CTLE credit.

Please register online for any of the sessions below.

  • June 1, 2021, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
  • June 10, 2021, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
  • June 17, 2021, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

The first 40 NYCDOE teachers to register and attend both talks will also receive book club sets (10 copies for 6-12 and 5 copies for K-5) of each of the books in their respective grade-banded series.

  • When registering for your grade-banded event (links below), please select the "Book set” option.
  • If you are placed on the "Book set waitlist," you will be waitlisted to receive the book club sets if one of the first 40 registrants does not attend both of their grade-banded book talks.
  • The registration will also ask you to register via the NYCDOE Zoom (https://nycdoe.zoom.us) registration page for the event, which will allow you to access the talks. 
  • In order to receive your books, you must sign into both book talks on time with your NYCDOE email address (@schools.nyc.gov). If you are one of the first 40 registrants and log on with an email address other than your DOE email (i.e. a personal email or school-specific email), you may not be counted in attendance and will not receive the book club set of each book.

Yankees-Stonewall Scholarship  

Student may apply for the annual Yankees-Stonewall Scholarship Initiative, a partnership between the the NYC Department of Education, the Stonewall Inn, and the New York Yankees. This one-time scholarship of $10,000 is awarded to a student from each borough. 

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria  

are you:

  • A current senior in high school?
  • Intending on attending a two-year or four-year college?  
  • Someone who has contributed significantly to the LGBT community? 
  • A student with at least a 2.5 GPA? 

Student Application

The application period is generally open from December to March. Please visit this web page for more information for the application for the 2021-22 school year.

Policy

It is the policy of the New York City Department of Education to maintain a safe and supportive school environment for all students free from harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying and free from discrimination on account of actual or perceived race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or weight.

As part of this commitment, students, families, and staff should review the Guidelines on Gender which include the Guidelines to Support Transgender and Gender Expansive Students and the Guidelines on Gender Inclusion.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. The DOE is committed to complying with Title IX and ensuring that DOE schools and workplaces are free of sex discrimination.

Questions regarding Title IX compliance should be referred to:

Sobia Mahmood, Esq.,
Title IX Coordinator
65 Court Street, Room 1102
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-935-4987
Title_IX_Inquiries@schools.nyc.gov

The DOE has more policies than the ones listed above. For more information on all NYC policies, go to the top navigation and click on School Life, then look under the heading Policies for All.

OUT for Safe Schools®

The OUT for Safe Schools® campaign is a national initiative that supports school-based staff to visibly identify as trusted adults to LGBTQ students. School staff receive training in building affirming environments for LGBTQ students before receiving badges for the school community.

A person holds out a wallet showing an ID card that reads "Out for Safe Schools"

College and Careers

All students in the New York City Department of Education should graduate ready for college and careers. LGBTQ students have other considerations such as finding an affirming environment and sometimes paying the tuition without parental support. The following resources are meant to support LGBTQ students and their families in finding and financing college.

Finding a College

Paying for College

National

Local Resources

Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs)

A GSA is a club, typically in a high school or middle school, which provides a place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and work to end harassment or discrimination for LGBTQ students. The clubs are also a great place for all kids to get support, including allies and children of LGBTQ parents.

The first step is for an interested student to approach a trusted adult in their building, perhaps a guidance counselor, the Respect for All liaison, a supportive teacher, or maybe even the principal. Let them know that you'd like to start a GSA and ask them what the process would be. If they need help or support, they can email us at lgbtq@schools.nyc.gov.

Inclusive Curriculum

Curriculum is both a window and a mirror, allowing students who are not LGBTQ to see the experiences of others and providing a reflection for LGBTQ students. These efforts include incorporating LGBTQ history, reading books by LGBTQ authors, and ensuring sexual health curriculum is inclusive of all identities.

The NYC Department of Education has invested resources in the creation of LGBTQ affirming curriculum. These include:

Organizations

Community-based LGBTQ Organizations

The DOE maintains a list of groups that offer resources for LGBTQ individuals.

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