Safe and inclusive schools are a top priority for LGBTQ+ parents. While many families have positive experiences in schools, far too often children and their LGBTQ+ parents experience bullying and marginalization. This toolkit addresses how LGBTQ+ parents and guardians can play a key role in creating safe and inclusive spaces in their school environments.
Many LGBTQ+ family organizations prioritize improving the climate of schools in their communities. Traditionally, the LGBTQ+ safe schools movement has focused on school safety for LGBTQ+ youth in high school and, more recently, middle school. Very little attention has been given to the school experiences of children with LGBTQ+ parents. Even less attention has been given to the school climate at the preschool or elementary level where these children often first experience a negative reaction when they “come out” as having LGBTQ+ parents. LGBTQ+ families have a unique perspective to bring to the work of making schools safe and welcoming for all students.