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District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is committed to welcoming all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students, staff and families into our schools and to foster a strong sense of community within and between our schools. This page will be a place for community members to exchange information, events, and thoughts.

Mission: DCPS has a responsibility to ensure that every one of our students feels safe, accepted, and nurtured. Through these efforts, we will work to ensure that students not only feel supported, but that they develop into the healthy, happy young adults they all have the potential to become.

How will your GSA celebrate @glsen Day of Silence on April 24th? Have you come up creative ways to spread awareness of L...
04/23/2020

How will your GSA celebrate @glsen Day of Silence on April 24th? Have you come up creative ways to spread awareness of LGBTQ+ erasure and discrimination? We would love to hear how you will be participating! Comment here and/or on our Facebook wall. #DayofSilence #GSA #PrideinDCPS #LGBTQ #awareness

As more and more of us are logging in and staying connected to our friends and communities via social media, it’s import...
04/22/2020

As more and more of us are logging in and staying connected to our friends and communities via social media, it’s important to know ways we can protect ourselves. Check out this resource from @trevorproject. Link in bio. #PrideinDCPS #LGBTQ #selfcare #protection #socialmedia

The DCPS LGBTQ and Sexual Health Program is excited to publicly share a biweekly resource that we are sharing with our L...
04/21/2020

The DCPS LGBTQ and Sexual Health Program is excited to publicly share a biweekly resource that we are sharing with our LGBTQ Liaisons. We hope that the information provided helps our LGBTQ+ students, families, staff, and allies connect to the national and local organizations that we highlight in each edition. You can find the clickable version here: https://bit.ly/2VrnRwE

DCPS LGBTQ+ students who are preparing to begin college next academic year: Check out this great scholarship opportunity...
04/13/2020

DCPS LGBTQ+ students who are preparing to begin college next academic year: Check out this great scholarship opportunity from SMYAL

*ONE WEEK LEFT TO APPLY*

Are you a self-identified LGBTQ youth who is 24 years old or younger?

If your answers are “Yes!” then check out the SMYAL LGBTQ Youth Leadership Awards (YLA). The SMYAL YLA provides up to $5,000 of financial support to offset the costs of continuing one’s education, whether at a technical or trade school, or a two or four year college or university. Funds may be used for everything from tuition to housing, room and board, or materials required for your program. The award is open to youth who have graduated high school (or will by spring 2020), or those who have completed a GED, and will start their next educational program by the spring of 2021.
To apply, visit www.SMYAL.org/Scholarship. See the attached flier for details, or reach out to Rebecca York ([email protected]) for more information.

Parents/guardians of LGBTQ+ young people: Our Parent/Guardian Coffee Chats are moving online! Occurring the third Saturd...
04/07/2020

Parents/guardians of LGBTQ+ young people:
Our Parent/Guardian Coffee Chats are moving online!

Occurring the third Saturday of each month (beginning Saturday, April 17th), we will meet from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. to discuss resources, coping strategies, ways to build community, and actions we can take to support our LGBTQ+ students. These chats are open to parents of LGBTQ+ young people across the DMV.

See the e-flyer provided here for additional detail.

Thank you to our friends at SMYAL for creating such wonderful opportunities to keep our young people connected, supporte...
04/06/2020

Thank you to our friends at SMYAL for creating such wonderful opportunities to keep our young people connected, supported, and engaged!

Please share this information with the DMV-area LGBTQ+ young people in your life.

It is with great sadness that we must announce that our 8th Annual Leading With Pride event will be cancelled this year....
03/30/2020

It is with great sadness that we must announce that our 8th Annual Leading With Pride event will be cancelled this year. We had hoped to postpone the event, but it becomes increasingly clear that this is not a realistic option.

We look forward to coming back strong in 2021 with more robust programming and an even bigger celebration of our LGBTQ+ youth and their peer allies, their families, and the school-based staff who support them.

In the meantime, watch this page for virtual options for training, new electronic resources, and other exciting developments to support our LGBTQ+ community.

We are pleased to share that one of our premier community partners, SMYAL, is providing online youth programming during ...
03/21/2020
Virtual Youth Programs - SMYAL

We are pleased to share that one of our premier community partners, SMYAL, is providing online youth programming during the school closure. You can find more information at: https://smyal.org/virtualprograms/virtual-programming/

Also, DCPS LGBTQ staff are here to answer questions and provide resources for our students, families, and staff. You can contact us via email at: [email protected]

We hope all our DCPS community stays safe and healthy during this difficult time.

Beginning Monday, March 16th, SMYAL main offices will begin working remotely while continuing to offer vital programs for LGBTQ…

We are excited to share that the 8th Annual Leading With Pride will be taking place on Saturday, April 18th at Eastern H...
02/27/2020

We are excited to share that the 8th Annual Leading With Pride will be taking place on Saturday, April 18th at Eastern High School. Leading With Pride creates a learning and community space for LGBTQ+ students and their peer allies (ages 13 - 24), their parents/guardians, and school-based staff who support LGBTQ+ students. This free event is open to participants from DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

For more information, and to register, visit our event website: www.dcleadingwithpride.com

In observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor the memories of trans people whose lives have been lost to...
11/20/2019
Transgender Day of Remembrance

In observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor the memories of trans people whose lives have been lost to anti-transgender violence.

https://www.glaad.org/tdor

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.You can read more about the Transgender Day of Remembrance below, and find out how you can show support for the com...

We are happy to announce our new parent coffee chat series, which is tailored to LGBTQ+ caregivers, parents/guardians of...
09/09/2019

We are happy to announce our new parent coffee chat series, which is tailored to LGBTQ+ caregivers, parents/guardians of LGBTQ students, and LGBTQ DCPS staff to provide resources and an affinity space to share stories, experiences, and provide feedback on existing programming. This series will take place every 3rd Saturday of the month at Philz Coffee 1331 4th St SE.

The first chat will take place 9/21/2019. Please use the QR scan code on the flyer to register, or e-mail T[email protected] to sign. Looking forward to seeing you next Saturday

A huge thank you to WAMU and the LGBTQ and Sexual Health Program Coordinator, Tara Cheston for sharing the great work of...
08/28/2019
Public School Students Now Have A Nonbinary Option While Enrolling | WAMU

A huge thank you to WAMU and the LGBTQ and Sexual Health Program Coordinator, Tara Cheston for sharing the great work of DCPS around gender diversity and inclusion in enrollment, facilities access, and beyond.

https://wamu.org/story/19/08/27/public-school-students-now-have-a-nonbinary-option-while-enrolling/?fbclid=IwAR2ymOe4feTfihiXgGk9Q8QTwvSdehSRjmTZx-J_-y2rQKwVD0V7b_b9vLc

Students enrolling in some local school districts now have the option to mark their gender as ‘X’ -- meaning nonbinary or unspecified.

A recap from this past weekend. DCPS was well represented, and showed its Pride!
06/10/2019

A recap from this past weekend. DCPS was well represented, and showed its Pride!

Capital Pride Parade is 3 days away, and we are so excited to participate this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of...
06/05/2019

Capital Pride Parade is 3 days away, and we are so excited to participate this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.

See you all on Saturday!

We hope that you will join us for the annual Capital Pride Parade on Saturday, June 9, 2019. Each year, the Capital Prid...
04/26/2019
Register to Walk with DCPS in the Capital Pride Parade!

We hope that you will join us for the annual Capital Pride Parade on Saturday, June 9, 2019. Each year, the Capital Pride Parade allows us, as members of the DC Public Schools community, to walk together in support and affirmation of our LGBTQIA+ colleagues, students, and families. We are excited to continue that tradition this year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. Taking place at the iconic Stonewall Inn in New York City, the Stonewall Rebellion was a catalyst for change and the spark that ignited what we have come to known as the modern LGBTQ Rights Movement.

Please click the link below to register your school’s participation in the DCPS contingent of the parade.

WHEN & WHERE
We will be gathering at 23rd and O Streets, NW at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9th. Participants should plan to meet with the DCPS contingent at 4:00 p.m. sharp. On-time arrival will allow members of your group to pick up DCPS parade t-shirts, to collect swag/beads for the march, and to participate in a group picture.

We expect to finish the parade route by 5:30 p.m. The route (and additional information) can be found online at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfOHZ75Axdl6rTRmx9Te5k0sHwUgA_MZZzqf12MVEhUVztsuw/viewform

We are officially 4 days away from the 7th annual Leading with Pride Summit. Registrations are still open for both the P...
03/26/2019
LWP2019

We are officially 4 days away from the 7th annual Leading with Pride Summit. Registrations are still open for both the Parent pre-conference and the student summit.

Location: Cardozo Education Campus 1200 Clifton St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Time: 10am-530pm

Who: LGBTQ Caregivers and Caregivers of LGBTQ students (Parent Pre-conference), LGBTQ students, their allies, GSA advisors, and adult allies (student summit)

http://bit.ly/2CICL5O

The 7th Annual Leading with Pride Summit will be having the first of its kind Parent Pre-Conference for queer and trans ...
02/12/2019

The 7th Annual Leading with Pride Summit will be having the first of its kind Parent Pre-Conference for queer and trans identified parents and parents of queer and trans identified youth.

This free conference will grant networking and workshop opportunities for parents that wish to increase their knowledge on LGBTQ issues and identities, as well as resources to support ongoing learning.

The link to register is: https://sites.google.com/dc.gov/leadingwithpride18/home

12/10/2018

More coverage on our good news at DC Public Schools!

DCPS is proud to announce the new enrollment form for School Year 2019-2020 that will provide a Non-Binary option for st...
11/09/2018
One Little Box: Reforming the District’s Approach to Gender Identity

DCPS is proud to announce the new enrollment form for School Year 2019-2020 that will provide a Non-Binary option for students to select in the "gender" field of the form.

This is part of a continued effort to provide safe and supportive environments for our LGBTQ students.

https://medium.com/seventhirty-dc/one-little-box-reforming-the-districts-approach-to-gender-identity-db0ffd304aff

How the DC Public Schools fixed their enrollment process, and what it can tell us about Mayor Bowser’s approach to protecting TGNC rights

We're filled with joy! Check out our amazing Duke Ellington School of the Arts grads, who are helping DC Public Schools ...
08/23/2018
INSPIRE: Transgender student advocate leading way on digital awareness campaign for DCPS

We're filled with joy! Check out our amazing Duke Ellington School of the Arts grads, who are helping DC Public Schools make a video to teach our transgender and non-binary students their rights in our schools! When we finish the video, we'll make sure to post it here. 😀

A transgender student advocate is helping lead the way on a digital awareness campaign for D.C. Public Schools.Grace Dolan-Sandrino, along with friend Zari Jackson, is a film director for the campaign.ABC7's Michelle Marsh has more in the video.

Here are just a few photos from Saturday's Capital Pride Parade. Thank you to all of you that were able to join us in co...
06/13/2018

Here are just a few photos from Saturday's Capital Pride Parade.

Thank you to all of you that were able to join us in continuing to show our dedication and support to our LGBTQ students, staff, and families.

Hope to see you all again next year!!!

DC Public Schools is all packed up and ready for Saturday’s Capital Pride Parade! We line up at 23rd and O, NW — 4pm SHA...
06/07/2018

DC Public Schools is all packed up and ready for Saturday’s Capital Pride Parade! We line up at 23rd and O, NW — 4pm SHARP. See you then! 🌈

We are just SIX days away from Capital Pride Parade, and we are so excited about this years swag.T-shirts will also be a...
06/04/2018

We are just SIX days away from Capital Pride Parade, and we are so excited about this years swag.

T-shirts will also be available Saturday for first time marchers only. We encourage any participants who already have shirts to wear them Saturday.

It's time to get ready to walk with DC Public Schools in the Capital Pride Parade on June 9! Sign up here! Wear your "Pr...
05/30/2018
Register to Walk with DCPS in the Capital Pride Parade!

It's time to get ready to walk with DC Public Schools in the Capital Pride Parade on June 9! Sign up here! Wear your "Pride in DCPS" shirt from years past (we'll just have a few on hand for first-timers).

Please complete this form in order to register your interest in participating in the 2018 Capital Pride Parade. WHEN: The parade will take place on Saturday, June 9th. Contingent participants should plan to arrive at the designated meet-up spot by 4:00 p.m. sharp. Any changes to the meet-up time wil...

The restrooms at the DC Public Schools central office just got a face lift!
05/29/2018

The restrooms at the DC Public Schools central office just got a face lift!

DC Public Schools is well represented this week at the Stonewall National Education Project Symposium in Austin, TX! Tha...
04/16/2018

DC Public Schools is well represented this week at the Stonewall National Education Project Symposium in Austin, TX! Thanks to J Barber and Vin Testa for speaking on the opening panel of school educators this morning! Good luck in your workshops this afternoon.

Planning will begin for SY 17-18 Leading with Pride Summit in a few weeks. Stay tuned for more updates.
08/18/2017

Planning will begin for SY 17-18 Leading with Pride Summit in a few weeks. Stay tuned for more updates.

DC Public Schools' students and staff -- our new buttons are in! Get yours soon!
08/16/2017

DC Public Schools' students and staff -- our new buttons are in! Get yours soon!

We're SO excited about Saturday's Pride Parade, we had to start celebrating today. See you tomorrow!
06/09/2017

We're SO excited about Saturday's Pride Parade, we had to start celebrating today. See you tomorrow!

Packing up for tomorrow's Pride Parade! Remember - DC Public Schools contingent lining up at 4pm at 23rd and O, NW. See ...
06/09/2017

Packing up for tomorrow's Pride Parade! Remember - DC Public Schools contingent lining up at 4pm at 23rd and O, NW. See you Saturday!

Are you free on Saturday from 1-2pm ET? Check out DC Public Schools' Diana Bruce on Twitter! She'll be answering questio...
06/02/2017

Are you free on Saturday from 1-2pm ET? Check out DC Public Schools' Diana Bruce on Twitter! She'll be answering questions about making schools inclusive for our transgender and gender-nonconforming students!

PARENTS, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Diana Bruce, Director of Health and Wellness of DC Public Schools will be joining us for a Twitter chat this Saturday (we're @amazeorg on Twitter) for Gender Identity Day. Diana would love to answer your questions about talking with your children about gender identity, what inclusive curriculum looks like, and her work spearheading the school district’s efforts to provide resources and programming to LGBT students. Submit your questions via the comments below, by FB messaging us, or by sending us a note to [email protected]!

Pride season is quickly approaching! Sign up to walk with DC Public Schools in the Capital Pride Parade by completing th...
05/25/2017
Register to Walk with DCPS in the Capital Pride Parade!

Pride season is quickly approaching! Sign up to walk with DC Public Schools in the Capital Pride Parade by completing the form below! Individual or group registration are welcome. Please make sure that you fill out the form if you plan to attend so that we can have Pride in DCPS swag and other giveaways available for you. Hope to see you there!!

WHEN: Saturday, June 10, 2017. The DCPS contingent will line up NO LATER THAN 4:00 p.m. WHERE: Meet at the intersection of 23rd and O Streets, NW. WHO: All DCPS teachers, staff, students, families, and friends are welcome! WHY: DCPS is working to make our schools safe and inclusive fro our lesbian,…

03/14/2017
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On the last day of the 4th annual Time to THRIVE conference, Sunday, April 30, 2017, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
is inviting up to 100 youth (ages 13-22) and an adult chaperone to attend.

DCPS would love to have our students participate, and will also be presenting a workshop on the DCPS Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Policy Guidance and bathroom policies. If there are any students that would like to participate, the first 100 completed applications will receive one of the limited number of free tickets! Apply today!

All applications must be received no later than April 7, 2017.

The link to the application can be found below. See you there!!

http://s3.amazonaws.com/hrc-assets//thrive/images/T2T-YouthApp-2017.pdf

Today @ McKinley Tech marks the 5th annual Leading with Pride Summit. Excited for a day full of resource sharing, worksh...
03/04/2017

Today @ McKinley Tech marks the 5th annual Leading with Pride Summit.

Excited for a day full of resource sharing, workshops, and fun!!!!

Remarks from Chancellor Wilson regarding protections of Transgender students
02/23/2017
DC Public Schools

Remarks from Chancellor Wilson regarding protections of Transgender students

DCPS is committed to supporting and protecting transgender students. Read Chancellor Wilson’s letter to the DCPS community:

Timeline Photos
02/07/2017

Timeline Photos

01/27/2017
Leading With Pride 2017

We are proud to announce the 5th annual "Leading with Pride Summit" on March 4th, 2017 @McKinley Tech High School from 11am to 5pm. This summit, which focuses on LGBTQ youth, will be a full day of workshops, activities, networking, complete with a resource fair, free giveaways, AND free food.

Click the link below to register for the summit, and there is also a tab for anyone interested in submitting a workshop with youth. If there are any questions about the summit feel free to contact Tara Cheston, Program Coordinator HIV/STI programs, at [email protected], or send us a message on our page. We will respond as quickly as possible.

We will see you there!!

http://leadingwithpride.tumblr.com/

Today, we had the pleasure of meeting with fellows from the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Project -- ...
09/20/2016

Today, we had the pleasure of meeting with fellows from the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Project -- civil society activists, legal advocates, and community leaders working across India to promote the rights of transgender people. We shared strategies used in DC Public Schools to promote inclusive school communities for our LGBTQ school community, and they shared their challenges and successes in advancing gender equity across India. #DCPSRising

We're having a great time today training this year's DC Public Schools LGBTQ Liaisons and Sexual Health Liaisons! #DCPSR...
09/15/2016

We're having a great time today training this year's DC Public Schools LGBTQ Liaisons and Sexual Health Liaisons! #DCPSRising

DC Public Schools participated in Friday's Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit, and spoke about our efforts t...
08/13/2016
Bullying Prevention Summit, Plenary Session 5

DC Public Schools participated in Friday's Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit, and spoke about our efforts to support our LGBTQ school community. Watch it here!

The Department of Education hosts its biannual day-long Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit at its headquarters in Washington, DC, featuring panels of educators and researchers.

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