To celebrate National Coming Out Day, which took place on October 11th, Jackie put forward the Celebrating OUT for Safe Schools and National Coming Out Day Resolution, which affirmed the Board’s commitment to support policies, practices and curriculum that honor and respect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning staff, students and their families. In particular, the resolution also highlighted the OUT for Safe Schools program, which was founded in 2013 as a means to increase the visibility of LAUSD’s advocacy for LGBTQ+ students, staff and families. Since the inception of the program, the OUT for Safe School badge has been adopted by school districts throughout the country.
To commemorate the passage of the resolution, Jackie invited students from Nightingale Middle School VAPA Academy to present a short film for the Board titled Alaia, which focuses on the LGBTQ+ experience of a middle schooler. The students then spoke about what inspired them to create the film and what it meant to them personally. Additionally, students from Eagle Rock Middle and High School’s Straight And Gay Alliance (SAGA) spoke to the Board about how supportive their school staff has been in regards to their identities. Jackie is a firm believer that having groups like SAGA on school campuses can make a large difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ students on campus.
The Board meeting concluded with a presentation by District Staff of resources that are available to support LGBTQ+ students and their families, such as Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), the Latino Equality Alliance (LEA), and the Los Angeles LBGT Center.