The goal of our schools should always be to create a healthy learning environment free of discrimination, harassment, or bullying. No student, parent, or teacher should ever feel unsafe in our schools. It is heartbreaking that LGBTQ+ youth still experience higher rates of depression, death by suicide, and anxiety in our current society.

That is why Superintendent Kathy Hoffman created the Equitable and Inclusive Practices Advisory Council, so the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) could better serve under-represented, marginalized, and at-risk students and their families. 

ADE now has a resource page directly on their website dedicated solely to providing resources for educators, LGBTQ+ students and their parents. The resources listed online range from suicide prevention hotlines, scholarship opportunities, support groups for parents, and gives educators access to research & guides to ensure that LGBTQ+ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment.

Working to ensure that our schools provide a discrimination-free education to our LGBTQ+ youth should never be a controversial stance. It’s what’s most fair to our students and it saves lives.