LGBTQ Support Services

LGBTQ Support Services
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer

Overview

IJ’s LGBTQ+ Support Services Program aims to provide school sites the resources and district support to meet the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth and families. Through advocacy, community building, and education, the support services program seeks to create an environment for all students to feel safe and affirmed.

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Know Your Rights

According to , our Board of Education policy and March 2023 Trans Day of Visibility Resolution, the following protections are in place for IJ staff and students:

  • Students and staff shall be referred to by their affirmed name, gender and pronouns. 
  • Students have the right to access the gender segregated facilities that align with their gender identity (i.e. restrooms, locker rooms)
  • Students have the right to freely access gender-neutral facilities, such as single stall restrooms. Each single-stall restroom is to be clearly labeled as “gender neutral,” “all gender,” etc. 
  • On overnight field trips, students have the right to access the sleeping quarters that align with their gender identity.
  • Students have the right to participate in sports consistent with their gender identity.
  • Students and staff have the right to use their affirmed name, gender and pronouns in yearbooks and other non-legal school documents (e.g., school ID, class roster, diplomas and other certificates).
  • Students and staff may follow the dress code rules of the gender with which they identify.

Every school site has a designated LGBTQ liaison if you need additional support. These liaisons are IJ staff members who have received training in supporting our LGBTQ students and staff. If your school has a Support Center, Support Center staff serve as your LGBTQ liaison. You can look up whether your school has a Support Center and find contact information for your liaison here. If your school does not have a Support Center, your LGBTQ liaison is your Principal. You may also reach out to the district-wide LGBTQ+ Support Services program, housed at the Connect Center here.

Support

Services include mentorship, IJ staff consultation, LGBTQ+ SafeZone Trainings, school-based events, Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) club support, and information/referral. 

Training

IJ staff and students are encouraged to participate in an LGBTQ+ SafeZone Training to learn more about the queer and transgender community, laws and policies, and how to create an affirming environment. 

Collaboration & Advocacy

The LGBTQ+ Task Force offers a space each month for school district staff, community partner organizations, and students to come together to share resources and collaborate in ways to ensure student wellbeing and safety for our queer and transgender youth. 

Crisis Lines & Resources

Crisis Resources

  • (877) 565-8860
     
  • (866) 488-7386 (or text START to: 678-678)

Local Resources

  • : Gender Health Center is focused on providing an accessible therapy and counseling program for the gender variant community. They are interested in developing a collaboration with other agencies that are committed to addressing the full spectrum of issues specific to the transgender community in a positive approach for getting people to understand that there is a better life when gender identity issues are addressed in a safe and supportive environment. 
    (916) 455-2391
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  • : The Lavender Library is an all-volunteer-run lending library, archive, and community space with LGBTQ+ books, films and more. They are a hub of learning and connection for Sacramento’s LGBTQ+ community.
    (916) 492-0558
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  • : Since 1956, Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) has provided free quality legal services that empower marginalized and underserved communities to challenge inequities and discriminatory practices
    (916) 551-2150
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  • : The Sacramento LGBT Community Center works to create a region where LGBTQ+ people thrive.  They support the health and wellness of the most marginalized, advocate for equality and justice, and work to build a culturally rich LGBTQ+ community. 
    (916) 442-0185
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  • (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays): PFLAG promotes the health and well‐being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill‐informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. 
    (916) 978‐0410
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  • : WEAVE is the primary provider of crisis intervention services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sacramento County. WEAVE’s mission is to promote safe and healthy relationships and support survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and sex trafficking. WEAVE’s vision is a community free of violence and abuse.
    (916) 448-2321
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National Resources

  • : The Trevor Project operates the only accredited, nationwide, around the clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ+ youth. (866) 488-7386 (Available 24/7). The Trevor Project aims to end suicide among LGBTQ+ young people by offering support through crisis services, peer support, research, public education and advocacy. 
    (866) 488-7386
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  •  (The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network): GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.
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  • : The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.
     
  • : Transgender Law Center changes law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.
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  • : Gender Spectrum’s mission is to create a gender-inclusive world for all children and youth.
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  • : The Family Acceptance Project focuses on reducing risk and promoting well-being among LGBTQ children and youth by increasing family support. FAP is a research, education and intervention initiative, affiliated with San Francisco State University.
     
  • : Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment.
     
  • : The Brown Boi Project is a community of people working across race and gender to eradicate sexism, homophobia and transphobia and create healthy frameworks of masculinity and change.
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  • : GSA Network is a next-generation LGBTQ+ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.
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