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The Baker's Dozen – Top LGBTQ+ Supportive Organizations/Websites Compiled by Michael R. Tapia – Updated November 2020 Organization/Website Description & Comments ACLU California www.acluca.org zx ▪ Offers a multitude of resources related to various laws protecting LGBTQ+ students in California schools ▪ Offers clear and understandable explanations of current laws and appropriate enforcement ▪ Provides a link (www.myschoolrights.com) to documents that are mostly written for students and usually are available in both English and Spanish. California Department of Education CDE www.cde.ca.gov ▪ Offers information related to many laws and policies pertaining to LGBTQ+ advocacy, inclusion, and protections with relevant curriculum guidance where applicable ▪ From actual copies of legislation to FAQ documents, this site is very helpful ▪ Includes links to the CHKS (www.calschls.org ) and legislation at www.leginfo.legislature.ca.gov Equality California www.eqca.org ▪ Is the largest statewide LGBTQ+ organization in the U.S. advocating for pro-equality leaders and legislation ▪ Co-sponsor of a number of CA Pro LGBTQ+ educational laws in place today ▪ The 2019 Safe and Supportive Schools Report Card provides California unified school districts' data related to School Climate, Cultural Competency Training, Transgender and Gender Non- conforming Students, Curriculum, and Suicide Prevention. Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) www.glsen.org ▪ Offers a plethora of resources expressly for educators and students alike ▪ Some of its better known resources/programs include the Safe Space Kit, Solidarity Week, Day of Silence, and No Name Calling Week ▪ Its biannual National School Climate Survey is the largest one of its kind surveying roughly 17,000 students ▪ Another recent report is LGBTQ-Inclusive and Supportive Teaching Practices: The Experiences of LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ Educators (2020) Gender Sexualities Alliance (aka Gay Straight Alliance) GSA Network www.gsanetwork.org ▪ Offers training and empowerment for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies ▪ Among many resources, Start a GSA: 10 Steps and The GSA Advisor Handbook serve as handy how-to's for school site GSAs ▪ Virtual GSAs in Action: Digital Organizing Toolkit is a newer resource Gender Spectrum www.genderspectrum.org ▪ Provides a myriad of resources for students, educators, and families related to many aspects of gender ▪ Major support areas include Parenting and Family, Teens, Education, Medical, Mental Health, Legal, Social Services and Faith ▪ Trainings are available along with support groups held in person or by phone. Support in Spanish is also available

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