LGBTQ+ families and schools

Discrimination and Title IX

Title IX is a powerful tool to safeguard your rights and protect against discrimination. Enacted as part of the Education Amendments of 1972, it is a federal law that protects LGBTQ+ youth and families from discrimination, bullying and harassment, and hostile environments. 

Supporting students

Research from Family Equality, COLAGE, and GLSEN shows that 1 in 4 youth with LGBTQ+ parents report feeling unsafe in school. And, with states passing book bans and “Don’t Say Gay or Trans” bills, the 3.7 million youth in the U.S. growing up with LGBTQ+ parents are now at even more risk of discrimination and mistreatment. 

To help parents working to ensure their children feel supported in school, we talked with our friends at the Youth Action Board of COLAGE. Read what they had to say today!

Additional resources for supporting students from our partners

The National Education Association’s Resources for Creating Welcoming and Empowering Schools

The Trevor Project’s “Creating Safer Spaces in Schools for LGBTQ+ Youth”

The Movement Advancement Project’s State-by-State Map of LGBTQ+ School Laws

Student and GSA Resources from GLSEN

Resources for LGBTQI+ Students from the Department of Education

Protecting LGBTQ Students: 5 Tips for Effective Advocacy in Your School District

Looking for support on your family’s school journey?

Family Equality hosts a virtual peer group every third Thursday of the month for LGBTQ+ parents navigating school-related challenges! Register today to receive log-in information.