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Thousands Of L.A. School District Staff "Coming Out" For Students

In honor of National Coming Out Day on Friday, thousands of Los Angeles Universal School District (LAUSD) staff will "come out" in support of LGBT students across the area. 

From a press release:

Beginning tomorrow on the 25th National Coming Out Day, students in the nation’s second largest school district, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), will see thousands of their teachers and staff members “come out” by wearing badges that will identify them as allies for LGBT students, staff and families.

Leaders of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and LAUSD jointly announced the groundbreaking “Out for Safe Schools” initiative, which was proposed and developed by the Center’s Project SPIN (Suicide Prevention Intervention Now), at a press conference held today at the Miguel Contreras Learning Center.

LAUSD staff who participate in the initiative will wear the rainbow badges in an effort to make the schools safer and more welcoming. More than 30,000 badges—which represents one-third of LAUSD’s entire staff—have already been requested and more are on order. 

“We want all our youth and staff to know that is it safe to be you in LAUSD,” said Superintendent Dr. John Deasy.

“Every day, LGBT kids are vulnerable to taunts and abuse—physical and verbal—simply because they’re different,” said Alan Acosta, the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center’s Director of Strategic Initiatives.  “Beginning tomorrow, every one of L.A.’s 655,000 public school students will know and see there are adults at their school who support and care about LGBT kids.  I applaud the district for stepping up its efforts to support school communities by encouraging its staff to become visible allies. In the eyes of an LGBT student or family member, seeing all of these adults on campus wearing ‘ally’ badges will be a welcomed sight. More than that, it sends an important message of acceptance.”