OUT for Safe Schools®

Training & Lesson Plans

OUT for Safe Schools® Tookit for LGBTQ+ Affirming Educators

In light of the catastrophic wave of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation being proposed throughout the United States—much of it aimed at schools and students—OUT for Safe Schools® has created the following toolkit to support educators in advocating for their LGBTQ+ students. Building on over a decade of working directly with school districts, we’ve developed the following talking points, best practices, and list of resources to help you understand the issue, as well as how to best support students and families in your district. We’ve also included a summary of the types of legislation that are targeting our community.

We are not in this fight for LGBTQ+ students alone.
OUT for Safe Schools® welcomes your feedback, suggestions, and insights as to how we can all work together to fight those trying to take away our rights and freedoms.


Online and in-person trainings incorporate: sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pronouns and the impact of language, and will provide guidelines for allyship and creating safe and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ students.

Training opportunities include:

  • Technical assistance to participating districts
  • Online LGBTQ+ preparedness training
  • In-person professional development LGBTQ Competency training (For Los Angeles County)

Lesson Plans

Lesson plans are available at no cost for teachers to create an LGBTQ-inclusive social science curriculum and to comply with California’s FAIR Education Act, which requires all California K-12 schools to integrate age appropriate, factual information about the roles and positive contributions of LGBT Americans and people with disabilities into their social studies and history classes. The lesson plans—many of which include vintage photos and archived media reports—showcase a spectrum of topics, events, and individuals considered to be vital parts of LGBTQ history.

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Lesson plans are the results of a collaboration among the Center, UCLA History-Geography Project, and the ONE Archives Foundation
and made possible by the generous support of Toyota.


OUT For Safe Schools® is supported by a generous grant from Toyota.


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Community Action Network and CAN Coalition