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What is OUT for Safe Schools?
OUT for Safe Schools (OFSS) is a comprehensive anti-bullying training program designed to equip teachers, administrators and school staff to be visible LGBTQ allies. Educators and school staff that have completed the training are given OFSS rainbow badges and lanyards. This visibly signifies their willingness to talk about LGBTQ issues and concerns and provide support where needed. With these badges, staff members become mobile “safe spaces” and reach students beyond the classroom, throughout the school day.
What is the goal of OUT for Safe Schools?
According to research from GLSEN, LGBTQ students in Texas face high rates of bullying and harassment on campus.
- 92% of LGBTQ students in Texas regularly heard “gay” used in a negative way.
- 85% of LGBTQ students in Texas regularly heard negative remarks about gender expression.
- 73% of LGBTQ students in Texas regularly heard negative remarks about transgender people.
- Nearly half of LGBTQ students in Texas regularly heard school staff make negative remarks about someone’s gender expression.
OFSS is designed to reduce social and emotional risk factors for LGBTQ youth on campus by creating visible allies. These allies advocate for inclusive policies and climate that allow LGBTQ youth to thrive in safe and supportive school environments.
With no public funding available in Texas for programs of this kind, Resource Center is grateful for the generous support from our friends at Toyota Financial Services. Without Toyota, OUT for Safe Schools would not be possible.
Want to Bring OUT for Safe Schools to your District?
If you are in Texas, contact us to learn more about how to partner with Resource Center to bring OUT for Safe Schools to your school or school district. Call 214-528-0144 or email email@example.com
If you are in other parts of the country, OUT for Safe Schools was developed by the Los Angeles LGBT Center in partnership with the LA Unified School District. Valentina D’Alessandro is the national coordinator of the program and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.