This webpage provides fact sheets, best practices and other resources for supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. The resources are organized around the recommendations of the Resolution on Gender and Sexual Orientation Diversity in Children and Adolescents in Schools the joint resolution adopted by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The recommendations and resources are to support implementation by education professionals and policymakers.

Pieces from the resource series, “Promoting Resiliency for Gender Diverse and Sexual Minority Students in Schools,” are provided where most pertinent in the sections below. The series is a useful stand-alone resource that was produced by Div. 16 (School Psychology) and Div. 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues) of the American Psychological Association.

Promoting safe and supportive school policies for all children and youth

Model policies, policy recommendations best practices and additional resources for addressing school safety issues.

Sample policies
Resources for policy implementation
Protecting the right to privacy around sex, sexual orientation and gender identity for children and youth in schools

Information about existing legal and policy protections for LGBTQ and other students regarding privacy issues as well as other challenges LGBTQ youth experience in schools such as rights associated with Gay-Straight Alliances, bringing same-gender partners to school dances and dress codes.

  • Know Your Rights: Schools  
    Legal rights for transgender and gender nonconforming students. By the National Center for Transgender Equality.

  • Know Your Rights: The law and LGBTQ youth 
    Legal protections for LGBTQ youth By Lambda Legal.

  • LGBT Youth
    Legal protections for LGBTQ students by topic; written for a youth audience, but provides information useful for school staff advocating on behalf of LGBTQ youth as well. By the American Civil Liberties Union.

  • Students: Know Your Rights 
    Legal protections for LGBTQ students by topic. By the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity in schools
Information about existing data collection efforts regarding LGBTQ youth as well as tools for including sexual orientation and gender identity in school-based surveys.
Developing anti-bullying efforts within schools
Resources for bullying prevention and intervention:
Developing programs to increase school engagement for sexual orientation and gender identity minority children and youth
Many types of resources for understanding school connectedness and specific issues related to this concept faced by LGBTQ students as well as for increasing school engagement among LGBTQ youth through curricula, additional programming and school-wide campaigns.
Programs and practices
Increasing access to facilities and programs for youth and children based on their gender identity, not their assigned gender

Model policies and best practices for ensuring access to gender-segregated facilities and activities for transgender and gender nonconforming students.

Research on LGBTQ youth and school engagement and additional recommendations