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The Boulder Valley Safe Schools Coalition

is a volunteer group working to make Boulder Valley schools safe and welcoming
for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning students, parents, and staff.

Our Vision:

Each school is a place where every family can belong, every educator can teach, and every child can learn.

Featured Items


Featured Organization: TYES (Trans Youth Education and Support)
A state-wide group based in Colorado that supports children on the gender spectrum and their families. TYES helps parents support their gender non-conforming children by providing information, resources, and knowledge. Monthly meetings offer parents a supportive environment to explore issues related to the needs of gender non-conforming children and their families.
Download their new educational materials at www.tyes-colorado.org.


Resources For Families

A practitioner's resource guide: Helping families to support their LGBT children
SAMSA
US Department of Health and Human Services
2014
Earlier ages of coming out coupled with research showing the critical role of family acceptance in LGBTQ youths’ health and development point to the need for practitioners to actively engage and work with families of LGBTQ children and adolescents. This resource guide was developed to help practitioners who work in a wide range of settings to understand the critical role of family acceptance (and rejection) in contributing to the health and well-being of youth who identify as LGBTQ.

http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//PEP14-LGBTKIDS/PEP14-LGBTKIDS.pdf


Gay-straight Alliances in Schools Reduce Suicide Risk for All Students
International Journal of Child, Youth, and Family Studies
January 2014

A recent large study in Canadian schools showed that both LGBTQ youth and heterosexual students in schools that had anti-homophobia policies and GSAs had lower odds of discrimination, suicidal thoughts, and suicide attempts. This was especially true when both anti-homophobia policies and GSAs had been in place for three years or more. More than 20,000 students were surveyed.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140121131038.htm#.UuAtVhK2DLg.email



 
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