LGBTQ+ Supports

Updated on Tue, 04/06/2021 - 1:07pm

Adams 12 believes that every student and staff has the right to a safe, supportive and LGBTQ+ inclusive environment.  We are working everyday to create schools that are safer and more affirming to LGTBQ and gender expansive youth.  Adams 12 recognizes gender identity, sexual orientation, and sex-assigned at birth as complex, contextual, highly individual, and rooted in lived experiences.

The information provided on this webpage reflects the district’s commitment to care, collaborate, empower and engage with students, families and the larger Adams 12 community.  It includes the positions and policies of Adams 12 Schools.  These are rooted in State and Federal law as well as input from LGBTQ+ students, the District Trangender Advisory Group, data, research and best practices from leading LGBTQ+ organizations such as A Queer Endeavor, One Colorado, The Trevor Project, The Gay and Lesbian Student Education Network (GLSEN), and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

Supporting LGBTQ+ Students
LGBTQ+ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning.  These terms are used to describe a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.  Sexual orientation refers to a person’s emotional and sexual attraction to another person based on the gender of the other person. Common terms used to describe sexual orientation include, but are not limited to, heterosexual, lesbian, gay, and bisexual. Sexual orientation and gender identity are different.  Gender identity is a person’s deeply held and internal experience of their gender. Everyone has a gender identity, some people identify their gender with the sex they were assigned at birth and others do not.  It is not the same as sex assigned at birth or sexual orientation. 

Transgender is a gender identity not a sexual orientation.  Transgender is a catch-all word for any gender identity that is not cisgender (a person’s whose gender identity corresponds to their sex assigned at birth), though not all non-cis people identify as transgender.  Cisgender and Transgender students can be Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations.  

Below are some ways we support LGBTQ+ students:

  • We encourage students and staff to be their authentic selves. We will allow them to share their story, as they feel comfortable by coming alongside and supporting them on their journey.

  • We encourage students and staff to be an ally.  We encourage schools and teachers to ensure their space and curriculum are inclusive of a variety of gender identities, expressions and sexual orientations.  

  • We engage and promote student voices.  We encourage and create equitable opportunities for students to speak their truth and share their lived experiences.

  • We will respect people’s sexual orientation by using the language they use to describe themselves.

  • We will model and use preferred names and pronouns.  Educators understand the necessity of asking their students what pronouns they use—and respecting their decisions.  Gender fluidity is expressed in the many pronouns students use across the gender spectrum.

  • Facilitate conversations about identity with care.  We know that this space may be new or uncharted territory for many students and staff. We encourage learning communities to inquire, learn and explore diversity from all lenses through shared dignity, thoughtful and validating conversations. 

  • We have Gay, Straight Alliance Groups (GSA) in Schools to  Create Supportive Communities Within schools. LGBTQ affinity groups such as a Gay-Straight Alliance or Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) are proven ways to support LGBTQ student communities.  We have clubs in all of our middle and high schools.

GLAAD has a number of external resources for the LGBTQ community. 

Resource Links for Families
Gender and sexual diversity are new topics for many people. These topics sometimes touch deeply held beliefs and values. It is not the intention of the District to change anyone’s beliefs or values. It is the responsibility of the District to provide a culturally-responsive, inclusive, and welcoming learning and working environment for all. These may be topics people do not fully understand, however, it does not mean they cannot gain empathy and knowledge. These topics can bring up a range of emotions and responses. Below are some resources to refer to.

District Partners

District Policies

  • District Policy 8400 & 8410: Nondiscrimination  
  • District Policy 5110 Bullying/Harassment

State and Federal Law
State and federal law as well as District Policy require that all District programs, activities, and employment practices are free from discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, transgender identity, gender identity and gender expression. These guidelines are issued in keeping with these mandates to create a safe learning and working environment  for all students and all staff and to best support the needs of any Adams 12 Five Star Schools student or employee who is transgender or gender nonconforming.