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Thousands Of LA Unified School District Employees To 'Come Out' As LGBT Allies

BadgefrIn advance of National Coming Out Day tomorrow, the LA Gay and Lesbian Center and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) have announced a new initiative, "Out For Safe Schools" that will see thousands of LAUSD employees show their support as allies for LGBT students and staff. More than 30,000 LAUSD workers, approximately 1/3 of the district's entire staff, have already pledged to wear rainbow badges (pictured top right) and "come out" as LGBT allies. The badges, which have the word "ally" written in seven languages, provide information on resources for LGBT students (below right) but are also aimed to make students feel more accepted:

“We want all our youth and staff to know that is it safe to be you in LAUSD,” said Superintendent Dr. John Deasy.
LAUSD has more than 655,000 students enrolled in grades K-12, and its research indicates nearly 11 percent may identify as LGBT.  Additionally, 16 percent have LGBT family members.
“Every day, LGBT kids are vulnerable to taunts and abuse—physical and verbal—simply because they’re different,” said Alan Acosta, the Center’s Director of Strategic Initiatives.  “Beginning tomorrow, every one of L.A.’s 655,000 public school students will know and see there are adults at their school who support and care about LGBT kids.  I applaud the district for stepping up its efforts to support school communities by encouraging its staff to become visible allies. In the eyes of an LGBT student or family member, seeing all of these adults on campus wearing ‘ally’ badges will be a welcomed sight. More than that, it sends an important message of acceptance.”

Getting in on the action is a broad swath of school district employees. "We're talking about every type of staff member wearing these badges: principals, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, teachers—you name it!" said Gil Diaz of the LA Gay and Lesbian Center. The initiative was developed and funded by SPIN, the Center's Suicide Prevention Intervention Now project. 

Tomorrow looks to be an inspiring day in Los Angeles public schools.

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  1. Great job LAUSD! Glad to see a full 1/3 of employees pledging to wear the badge. I would suspect there would be a lot of gay kids who maybe can't come out tomorrow, but would feel safer knowing who's there for them.

    Posted by: Dave in PA | Oct 10, 2013 1:47:32 PM

  2. Excellent.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Oct 10, 2013 2:05:19 PM

  3. "LAUSD has more than 655,000 students enrolled in grades K-12, and its research indicates nearly 11 percent may identify as LGBT."

    And how many are Mexican? The entire district is overrun with poor Mexicans who pump out babies and want California to pay for their kids' education. But no Californian could move illegally to Mexico City and demand an education. Throw all of them out!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Oct 10, 2013 2:07:58 PM

  4. We all know that isn't the real LittleKiwi. The only commenter on this site that is that brazenly racist is Hagatha (aka Rick/Jason/Adrenan P). Clearly this sad troll is just posting under Kiwi's name just to degrade his reputation. But it won't work. We know better. Nice try, Rick. Perhaps you should go get a life.

    Posted by: Tyler | Oct 10, 2013 2:20:13 PM

  5. 650,000!? Holy F. Los Angeles County alone
    has 10.25 million people. LA is huge.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 10, 2013 3:14:19 PM

  6. another day where my stalker obsesses about Mexicans while using my screen name. how odd.

    kudos to the folks in these districts! tomorrow is national coming out day. perhaps it'll inspire Resident Troll to finally Come Out.

    probably not, though.

    oh well. at least people with integrity will. help out, come out. :)

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Oct 10, 2013 3:23:27 PM

  7. Kiwi, I think that really is you. You like to play with racism and then deny it on the grounds that it is some alter ego troll. Bullsh-t. That's you. UR a hateful person. You like to provoke and cause fights. How did you get this way?

    Posted by: Oliver | Oct 10, 2013 3:50:54 PM

  8. This is absolutely awesome!

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Oct 10, 2013 4:53:46 PM

  9. @ Oliver,

    no, no,

    Posted by: Derrick from Phillyl | Oct 10, 2013 5:03:15 PM

  10. Why were comments closed on the kids of gay couples thread?

    Posted by: Hagatha | Oct 10, 2013 11:36:04 PM

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