252 Transgender And Gender Non-conforming Students – Learn more
The purpose of this policy is to ensure safety, equity, and justice for all students regardless of gender identity or gender expression so that they can reach their fullest human and intellectual potential.
252 Transgender And Gender Non-conforming Students – Learn more
What is a GSA?
A Genders & Sexualities Alliance (GSA) is a student-run club, which provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and work to end homophobia and transphobia. GSAs have evolved beyond their traditional role to serve as safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth in middle schools and high schools, and have emerged as vehicles for deep social change related to racial, gender, and educational justice.
How to start a GSA at your school – Learn More
District schools with GSAs
Hopeline – 1-833-PHL-HOPE
The Philly HopeLine is free and open to all students, families, and staff of the School District. Call or text 1-833-PHL-HOPE, Monday- Friday 10am to 8pm to speak to a Masters’s level clinician.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Trevor Project – 1-866-488-7386
A non-judgmental hotline for those 25 years old and below with LGBTQ-sensitive trained counselors you can contact through a call, text, or chat during a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts.
Trans Lifeline – 1-877-565-8860
A 24/7 hotline available in the U.S. and Canada staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline is primarily for transgender people in a crisis, from struggling with gender identity to thoughts of self-harm.
How to report bullying to the District:
Safe2Say Something – 1-844-723-2729 or download the app
Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With Safe2Say Something, it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.
Transgender and gender nonconforming students can use their preferred name for virtual learning such as Google Classroom. Have a teacher, principal or staff member fill out this form.
All staff in the District’s Zoom account have the ability to change their first and last name. Last name will revert to their legal name in their HR record with each SSO sign-in through the Employee Portal. First name can be customized and saved. This adjustment will be saved for all future logins. Zoom’s display name is a combination of first name and last name and will update when an individual changes their first name.
To incorporate pronouns into a user’s name, this must be added in the first name field so it appears in all future meetings. If it is put in the last name field, the user will have to update their profile every time they log in.
Google (Classroom, Meet, etc.)
All staff in the District have the ability to change their display name for Google Suite (Classroom, Meet, etc.). This is accomplished by changing their name under their profile.
Attic Youth Center
The Attic Youth Center creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth (ages 13-23) to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community. Offers free counseling and groups.
COLOURS Organization Inc
Support, prevention, and education services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer adults and youth of color.
GALAEI – Gay & Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative
GALAEI is a queer Latin@ social justice organization. Since 1989, the organization has provided social services and referrals around HIV/AIDS and sexual health, organizing, and networking. GALAEI operates the Trans Health Information Project (TIP), a peer-led program designed by and for trans-identified and gender nonconforming people. TIP provides outreach, sexual health counseling, HIV prevention and testing, health and safety workshops, assistance with legal name change, support through transition, and other resources.
GLSEN Philly – Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
GLSEN Philly is a chapter of GLSEN, a national organization fighting for every student’s right to a safe, supportive education. GLSEN Philly is a grassroots initiative, working locally in our community to ensure safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Lutheran Settlement House
Lutheran Settlement House is a non-profit, community based social service organization that serves over 14,000 women, men, and children each year through four program areas: Adult Education and Employment, Domestic Violence, Senior Services, and Homeless Services.
Mazzoni Center provides comprehensive health and wellness services for youth and adults; services include primary medical care, mental health counseling, substance abuse services, HIV counseling and testing, support groups, case management, legal, health education, and outreach.
Morris Home supports trans and gender variant individuals as they develop the knowledge, skills and supports necessary to promote sobriety, manage emotional and behavioral difficulties, choose and maintain safe and healthy lifestyles, and develop healthy relationships.
Office of LGBT Affairs
The Office of LGBT Affairs works to foster equitable working and living conditions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and to advocate for LGBTQ issues in all areas of City government.
Philadelphia FIGHT is a comprehensive health services organization providing primary care, consumer education, research, and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS and those at high risk.
Project HOME empowers people to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty through affordable housing, employment, healthcare, and education.
The Support Center for Child Advocates
Child Advocates rallies for victims of child abuse and neglect with the goal of securing safety, justice, well-being and a permanent, nurturing environment for every child. They house a special LGBTQ Youth Project that provides access to justice, representation, safety and hope to youth of all ages who are in the Philadelphia child welfare system and who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Youth Health Empowerment Project (Y-HEP)
A program of Philadelphia FIGHT, Y-HEP (Youth Health Empowerment Project) works to reduce the spread of HIV and STDS among adolescents and young adults in the Philadelphia area through outreach, education services and activities.
William Way LGBT Community Center
The William Way Community Center seeks to encourage, support, and advocate for the wellbeing and acceptance of sexual and gender minorities through services, recreational, educational, and cultural programming.