Support from school personnel is another essential strategy for creating school contexts in which LGBTQ and all youth can thrive. Caring and supportive adults are critical to the safety and well-being of all students, especially those who are vulnerable such as LGBTQ students.

Most school personnel want to be supportive of students, but may not be aware of the distinct challenges or needs of LGBTQ students and families, or they may not feel equipped to intervene in stances of bullying. For these reasons, providing training for school personnel to understand and support LGBTQ students is essential.

Informed parents James and Matthew Shead share an example of a time when a teacher’s training and initiative made their family feel included in the school community.