Students who have same sex attractions, who are uncomfortable with their assigned gender, or who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, face enormous social pressures and challenges that affect their school success, health and well-being. As a result, LGBTQ youth are more vulnerable to such issues as school dropout, bullying, academic failure and parental rejection.
SCUSD’s LGBTQ Support Services program offers students, families, school staff and community professionals a centralized source of information and support regarding issues facing LGBTQ students that attend SCUSD schools.
Services include information/referral, short-term counseling and advocacy. All services are confidential and are provided free of charge.
For more information, please contact Emily Herr at Emily-Herr@scusd.edu or Nichole Wofford at Nichole-Wofford@scusd.edu or call 916-643-7997.
SCUSD convenes a monthly LGBTQ Task Force to address district-wide policy, program and training issues related to supporting LGBTQ students. It’s goal is to help foster school environments that are welcoming and safe for all.
The LGBTQ Task Force has been meeting for 10 years and includes students, parents, school staff, administrators and community members. The Task Force meets once a month during the school year at different SCUSD campuses. Everyone is welcome to join. Please click below for a schedule of meetings this year.
For more information, please contact Lawrence Shweky at Lawrence-Shweky@scusd.edu or Nichole Wofford at Nichole-Wofford@scusd.edu or call 916-643-7997.
Assembly Bill 1266, the School Success and Opportunity Act, is a piece of legislation that was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in August of 2013 and will go into effect January 1, 2014. It amends the California State Education Code to clarify the roles of school staff in working with students of all genders, and clarifies that students’ access to educational resources shall correspond to the student’s gender identity.
Transgender and gender non-conforming youth face unique challenges and obstacles in schools that may inhibit a student’s ability to learn. The School Success and Opportunity Act was written to provide these youth with equal access to educational programs.
For more information, please contact Nichole Wofford at Nichole-Wofford@scusd.edu or Emily Herr at Emily-Herr@scusd.edu.