You can help change policies that impact LGBTQ youth!
Let us know if your school policy doesn’t include all the categories or isn’t listed in your school handbook or on your district website.
At school, ask an administrator for a complaint form related to harassment or discrimination. It may look something like this sample complaint form. If not, share our sample and let the school or school district know that they should have one! Then, let us know.
Let us know what has happened to you. If you’ve filed a complaint about harassment at school and your school district hasn’t solved the problem, you have options. You can appeal your school district’s decision to the California Department of Education’s Office of Equal Opportunity.
State law says schools can’t discrimination against youth based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. Schools are supposed to stop bullying and harassment. But if your school isn’t following the law, start a campaign to take the law and Make it Real. Learn how to get your school to implement the policies they are required to follow.
Get trained in how you can change policies in your school or at the state level. Apply for GAYLA, our GSA Advocacy and Youth Leadership Academy, or sign up to attend Queer Youth Advocacy Day, or apply for the Statewide Advocacy Council.
To learn more about changing your school policies or filing a complaint, contact our Policy Manager, Yvonna Cåzares, firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-552-4229.