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Welcoming and Inclusive Schools Program

Our Family Coalition

Welcoming and Inclusive Schools Program

That s A Family CirclesOur Family Coalition currently offers a wide array of services that support LGBTQ families with children in elementary schools, including:

  • Anti-bias trainings for service providers, teachers and administrators
  • Leadership training and facilitated advocacy groups for parents to create safe and welcoming school environments
  • LGBTQ Inclusive Schools Forums
  • Work to create and strengthen school district policies on LGBTQ inclusion
  • Developing written and web-based public information materials
  • Parent Education

For more information about our School Advocacy Program, please contact Tarah, Advocacy and Education Manager, at 415-981-1960 or

To request a training, please download and fill out the Training Request Form (click to download) fillable PDF and e-mail to Tarah or fax the form to 415-981-1962.

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Welcoming Schools is an LGBT-inclusive approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying and name-calling in K-5 learning environments. Welcoming Schools provides administrators, educators and parents/guardians with the resources necessary to create learning environments in which all learners are welcomed and respected.

The Welcoming Schools Guide offers tools, lessons and resources on embracing family diversity, avoiding gender stereotyping and ending bullying and name-calling.  The guide is free with a committment to training, which OFC can provide

To start the process of bringing Welcoming Schools to your school community, please e-mail Tarah at

Make It Better

makeitbetterlogo-150Our Family Coalition is a proud supporter of the Make It Better Project lead by the Gay Straight Alliance Network (GSA) Straight Alliance Network (GSA).  

The Make It Better Project gives youth the tools they need to make their schools better now!  Through our website and YouTube channel, youth and adults can work together to make schools safer for LGBT youth right now.

Columnist Dan Savage launched “It Gets Better,” a video message in response to recent youth suicides to tell LGBT youth that life gets better after high school.  The Make It Better Project takes this one step further, giving youth the tools they need to make their lives better now.

LGBTQ-Inclusive Elementary Schools Forum

Each year Our Family Coalition hosts two annual "LGBTQ Inclusive Elementary School Forums," one is in San Francisco and one in the East Bay during fall time.

Parents, teachers, and principals engage in conversations about creating, maintaining, and strengthening schools for all our children. These forums are a great opportunity to strategize about family diversity curriculum, LGBTQ policies, anti-bullying efforts, and gender issues. In the past, we've shared ways to impliment and try our lessons from Welcoming Schools. Please join us in this unique and exciting opportunity to make positive change in our schools.

Information and dates for upcoming School Forums will be posted on our calendar page.


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