Our education agency partners are truly what makes this campaign a reality for LGBTQ young people. The work that happens on the district level to ensure their schools are safe and supportive environments for LGBTQ students is groundbreaking. We’ve compiled a few of their testimonials regarding their campaign experience and we encourage you to visit their websites below to learn more about the work that they do.
Los Angeles Unified School District
"Since its launch, OUT for Safe Schools™ has enriched the lives of both students and staff members in the Los Angeles Unified School District,” said LAUSD Board President Steve Zimmer. “A whopping 30,000 of our employees—representing one-third of LAUSD’s entire staff—pledged to be visible allies of LGBT students by wearing the rainbow-designed badges. I have worn mine every day—there is nothing I am more proud to wear. I applaud my district for stepping up to the plate and keeping all of our schools a safer space. No child should ever be bullied, taunted or harassed simply because they’re different."
Oakland Unified School District
"Creating spaces that are not only safe for students, but also accepting and nurturing, is a moral obligation for a school district. It's also a practical necessity as we prepare students for college, career and community success in the 21st Century," said Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Antwan Wilson. "Tolerance is not enough. We must create the kind of cultural conditions in our schools that allow every student to thrive, regardless of gender or sexual orientation."
Duval County Public Schools
“The impact of the 'ally' badges in Duval County Public Schools has raised awareness and the importance of providing our LGBTQ students with a supportive school climate,” said Specialist Jamie Wells of Duval County Public Schools. “Our LGBTQ students now have a method of easily identifying staff and district personnel to approach with general questions or when facing a challenge or issue.”
Chicago Public Schools
New York Department of Education
Boston Public Schools
San Francisco Unified School District
San Diego Unified School District
DC Public Schools (DCPS) & Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)