Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Support

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.


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

June 2020 Pride Month Events

Please join and register for the free events below. 

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Third Annual “Sexuality, Women, and Gender Instructional Equity” Virtual Conference for NYC Public School Educators

1:00-3:00 p.m.

Hosted by the NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE)’s Office of Safety and Youth Development, the virtual conference will help NYCDOE educators build strategies and collect resources to foster equity and support for all students, including LGBTQ+ students.

Participants will have the option to join a break-out group and a presentation with different partners, including the NYC Commission on Human Rights, Live Out Loud, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), and the NYCDOE School Library team.

Registration is now full and closed.

“LGBTQ Student Support During Remote Learning” Zoom Webinar for Educators

2:00 p.m.

Join WNET New York Public Media and Hetrick-Martin Institute for a unique opportunity to learn more about how to help LGBTQ students during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

“LGBTQ Student and Family Support During Remote Learning” Zoom Webinar for Educators

2:00 p.m.

Join WNET New York Public Media and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) for a unique opportunity to help LGBTQ students during the COVID-19 pandemic

“Stonewall Inn” Interactive Virtual Tour for Students and Educators

4:00 p.m.

National Parks Conservation Association, in partnership with the NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE) and National Parks Association, will provide an interactive tour of the history of the Stonewall Inn in the West Village and the uprising that took place at the inn on June 28, 1969.

Register for the “Stonewall Inn” Interactive Virtual Tour for Students and Educators.

All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto” Online Event with for Students and Educators

7:00 p.m.

Hosted by The LGBTQ Center in New York City, join the conversation with prominent journalist, LGBTQIA+ activist, and author George M. Johnson and activist and advocate Twiggy Pucci Garcon to premiere Johnson’s All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto. In a series of personal essays, Johnson explores his childhood and adolescence growing up as a gay black man in his new memoir.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

“Remote Learning Resources: How to Make Your Social Studies Curriculum LGBTQ Inclusive” Zoom Webinar for Educators

2:00 p.m. 

Join WNET New York Public Media LGBTQ history scholars for a unique opportunity to learn more about how to make your school’s social studies curriculum more LGBTQ inclusive.


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

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


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:


Community-based LGBTQ Organizations

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

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