LGBTQ Initiative


This fall and winter, the LGBTQ Community Initiative will be hosting four education summits in four cities. Click on the information below to find out more, including registration information.
  • Background
  • Dates and Locations
  • Call for Workshop Proposals

The LGBTQ Community Initiative will be hosting four multi-regional education summits in the Northeast, Midwest, Deep South, and True West. Join us for a weekend filled with inspirational speakers, community advocacy, and leadership development opportunities centering on the movement for educational equity and empowerment for LGBTQ communities. LGBTQ Education Summits are open to LGBTQ and Allied Teach for America Corps Members, Alumni, and staff, as well as educators, community members and partners beyond the organization.

Three of the four Education Summits have already occurred. Register for our final Summit of the 2015-2016 academic year, which will be held in Los Angeles, CA from January 9-10, 2016.


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  • Northeast Regional Summit | Washington, DC | October 10-11, 2015
  • Midwest Regional Summit | Chicago, IL | November 7-8, 2015
  • Deep South Regional Summit | Atlanta, GA  | November 21-22, 2015
  • True West Regional Summit | Los Angeles, CA | January 9-10, 2016

Spaces are limited, so pre-register here for one of the Summits now!

Each two-day summit will include LGBTQ-inclusive professional development, community engagement, social networking, and brave testimonies. We are currently accepting proposals for leadership development workshops that align with the five tracks outlined below:

  • Direct Student Support
  • Family and Community
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • School Culture and Climate
  • Teacher Leadership Development

If you or anyone in your network is interested in designing and facilitating a workshop at one (or more!) of the LGBTQ Education Summits, please complete this form.

Why We Take a Stand

Impact of LGBTQ Education Summits

Resources for Educators

  • From Teach For America
  • From GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)
  • From Campus Pride
  • From the Southern Poverty Law Center
  • From The Trevor Project
  • From Accredited Schools Online
  • Employment Protection Laws

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  • 2011 report on the experiences of LGBTQ students living in rural areas

  • Guide to establishing and operating a gay-straight alliance in your school

  • Guide to working with LGBTQ students of color

  • Toolkit for elementary educators to help students feel safe and develop respectful behaviors and attitudes

  • Kit to create a safe space for LGBTQ youth in secondary schools

  • Campus Pride College Fair Program: A national LGBTQ College Fair Program hosted once a year online and in 8-10 different cities across the U.S. The program is designed to address the concerns of LGBTQ and ally students related to academics, student life, and campus safety. 
  • Campus Pride Index: An assessment tool for campuses looking for ways to improve LGBTQ campus life.
  • Camp Pride: A summer LGBTQ Youth Leadership Academy to build leadership capacity among LGBTQ and ally undergraduate student leaders and create safer, more inclusive campus communities. 
  • Advisor Bootcamp: An LGBTQ Professional Academy for Advisors to expand knowledge, enhance skills, and collaborate with others who share passion for creating safer, more welcoming communities.
  • Campus Pride Map: A database of LGBTQ student groups, support services, and resources at colleges and universities across the United States.

Guide to creating an LGBTQ-inclusive school environment

  • Curriculum examining the impact of language and actions on LGBTQ youth (includes how to recognize and respond to signs of depression and suicide)

  • Trainings to help adults understand the environmental stressors that contribute to a heightened risk for suicide in LGBTQ youth

  • Kit including educator resource guide, copy of the film Trevor, book and film list, brochures, cards, and stickers 

Comprehensive resource guide that includes interviews with researchers in the field, as well as information about scholarships available for LGBTQ students

Employment protections for LGBTQ teachers in our partner regions vary. Applicants who are concerned about employment protections should note their preferences in “special circumstances” when applying. This request will be honored.  At the same time, LGBTQ students in states without protections are often most in need of teachers who share their identities.

Overall, district, school, and community climate vary greatly in all regions. Applicants should speak with individuals living in a region to gain better context.

View state laws and protections.

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