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On this page you will find interesting facts and information to further your understanding. Be sure to scroll down the page to find current key vocabulary, articles, legislation and sample policies supporting LGBTQ+ students.

Pride Flags

It goes back to 1978, when the artist Gilbert Baker, an openly gay man and a drag queen, designed the first rainbow flag. Baker later revealed that he was urged by Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S., to create a symbol of pride for the gay community. Baker decided to make that symbol a flag because he saw flags as the most powerful symbol of pride.

Gender Identities and Terms


This collection of Key Concepts and Terms is designed to provide a basic understanding of words, phrases and ideas related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their experiences.





  • Suicide Prevention Policies in Schools and ongoing professional learning (2016).  EC 215.  CDE Guidance 

  • California Healthy Youth Act mandates Comprehensive and Inclusive Family Life Education (2015): EC 51930-51939.   CDE Guidance 

  • School Success and Opportunity Act identifies treatment of transgender students (2013) EC 221.5.   CDE Guidance 

  • Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Act mandates the teaching of  LGBTQ History in history classrooms. (2011). EC 51204.5.   CDE Guidance 

  • Seth’s Law added sexual orientation and gender identity to anti bullying school policies (2011): EC 234.5. 

  • Safe Place to Learn Act (2007) EC 234. 
  • 5137: Positive School Climate

  • 5145.3: Non Discrimination / Harassment / Treatment of Transgender Students

  • 1312.3: Uniform Complaint Procedures

  • 6142.8: Comprehensive Health Education

  • 6142.94: Social Science Instruction
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