Celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month

Celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month

Published on June 7, 2023
SFUSD pride logo with rainbow colors

Did you know the San Francisco Unified School District has long been recognized for being nationwide leaders in our commitment to LGBTQ student services? For instance, last year and for the second year in a row, SFUSD was honored for our school climate, cultural competency training, transgender and gender-nonconforming student supports, curriculum, and suicide prevention by Equality California. 

SFUSD is proud to honor the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersex, queer, and questioning members of our community in celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month. For over 30 years, SFUSD’s LGBTQ Student Services has been pioneering ways to make our classrooms, school yards, sports facilities, and bathrooms welcoming and affirming for LGBTQ students and families.

Before Stonewall there were the Compton’s Cafeteria riots here in San Francisco. Those activists were calling for a stop to discrimination against queer, transgender, and intersex people in 1966. The almost daily news of yet another attempt to undermine the rights of queer, transgender, and intersex youth can be disheartening. However, our district’s commitment to support the LGBTQ+ community remains constant. We most fervently encourage districts across the country to commit themselves to the same.

The 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) shows that, nationwide, 32% of U.S. high school lesbian gay and bisexual students report having been bullied on school property compared to 27% in SFUSD. We like to think of San Francisco as a queertopia, however, the data and our students and families tell us we still have work to do.

Pride is being celebrated in our schools by student groups – like our Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) and QGroups – in our hallways with bulletin boards and door decorations; and in classrooms with read alouds of books from the many queer, transgender, and intersex affirming titles on our library shelves. SFUSD will march in the SF Pride Parade. The event is open to all members of the SFUSD community who stand in solidarity with SFUSD's mission to ensure that all of our students and staff feel safe and seen at school and beyond.

We continue our efforts to create affirming learning environments where each and every student is supported in learning to the best of their abilities. The voices of our students lead the way as a reminder to us that we can, and are, continuing to celebrate the Pride of our LGBTQ students and community members.

For more information about SFUSD Pride and LGBTQ Student Services, visit https://www.sfusd.edu/LGBTQ/

Who We Are

LGBTQ Student Services aims to provide school sites the resources and district support to meet the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth and families.

This page was last updated on June 7, 2023