Equity

LGBTQ+

LGBTQ+ Allyship

Equity in the SEZP ensures the work of centering LQBTQ+  community members and allies. Through our partnership with PIOW (Pride in Our Workplace), we explore the ways in which we recruit, retain, and affirm LGBTQ+ educators and empower our LGBTQ+ students. If you are a student looking for immediate support, connect with a crisis counselor by clicking the button below.

24/7 crisis support hotline

In our schools, we work to message the tenets that “safe is not enough” and that silence in the face of discrimination of any kind is complicit in the act of racism, homophobia, transphobia, and linguistic oppression. It is the goal of every SEZP school to eradicate silence and vigilantly engage in the work of LGBTQ+ allyship and active anti-racism. View the Safe Space Kit here to learn more about empowering and centering LGBTQ+ community members in our schools.

Our efforts across SEZP schools are supported in Massachusetts by nondiscrimination laws that protect LGBTQ+ community students, families, and staff from discrimination in our learning communities, including being unfairly denied access to facilities, opportunities, supports, sports teams, or clubs, on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. These laws ensure transgender community members the right to use restrooms or locker rooms consistent with their gender identities.

In addition, anti-bullying laws protect LGBTQ+ community members in our schools from bullying by others, including students and school staff, on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity. These Massachusetts state laws are clearly reflected in Springfield Public Schools policy that ensure the civil rights of our LGBTQ+ community, including correct use of names and pronouns, confidentiality, and full, unimpeded access to resources, facilities, supports, and equitable instruction. View the Springfield Gender Non-Discrimination policy here.

Resources

Click the links below to find LGBTQ+ resources and support for youth, parents, and families.

Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Parents, family members, and friends of lesbian and gay students (PFLAG) can access this support group to better understand what their LGBTQ+ youth may be navigating and how to effectively provide support. There are support groups specific to communities of color available. PFLAG also offers in-person support groups locally in the region, including those in Enfield, CT. To join an in-person support group, email: pflagenfield@gmail.com. To find online group meetings, click the button below.

PFLAG

Fenway Health

Fenway is a Boston based organization serving families all over the state in making a healthcare plan for transgender youth. Fenway can provide support in making a holistic plan to find medical care, behavioral health care, and advocacy resources. They can meet with families remotely and then help them make regional connections.

Fenway Health

Knowing LGBTQ+ Rights in MA

There are several laws outlining rights for LGBTQ+ youth in MA. Learn more about these laws at Mass.gov.

Mass.gov

Ted Talks on the Transgender Experience

Adults and youth can learn more about important topics impacting the transgender community through TED talks.

TED Talks

Crisis Hotline

The Trevor Project provides a 24-hour hotline for LGBTQ+ students in crisis. Students can access this support through chat, email, or phone.

The Trevor Project

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