It's Elementary

It's Elementary

The groundbreaking film that addresses anti-gay prejudice by providing adults with practical lessons on how to talk with children about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. Part of The Respect for All Project.

National Organizations | Local Networks | Media Resources | Studies on LGBT-inclusive Curriculum

National Organizations

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates wheredifference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.

Ready, Set, Respect! GLSEN’s Elementary School Toolkit
Ready, Set, Respect! provides a set of resources to help elementary school educators ensure that all students feel safe and respected and develop respectful attitudes and behaviors. GroundSpark provides It’s Elementary as a complimentary resource to those using the Ready, Set, Respect! toolkit. A free online stream enabling educators to preview the film can be accessed here.

Welcoming Schools Program of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Families Project
Through collaboration with GroundSpark’s Respect For All Project, the HRC Foundation’s Family Project created the Welcoming Schools initiative, which offers resources and lessons about diversity, name-calling, and gender stereotypes for educators, administrators, and parents. Welcoming Schools includes GroundSpark’s film “That’s a Family!” in its curriculum. Together, HRC’s Welcoming Schools guide and GroundSpark’s Respect for All Project are serving as a catalyst for a new generation of educators to break the silence around LGBT issues and take action to change school climates.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All
PFLAG’s Safe Schools for All Initiative is working with schools across the country to provide students, educators, and families with the necessary tools to create and maintain safe and welcoming learning environments for LGBT students. PFLAG offers resources, training, and support for addressing issues such as bullying, anti-harassment policies, respectful language, and empathy-building activities.

Anti-Defamation League, A World of Difference Institute
This national network of individuals, hundreds of local chapters, newsletter and speakers bureaus offers support, information, and advocacy on education issues. It provides training and curricula to help acknowledge and confront bias, build understanding, and value diversity. “A Classroom of Difference,” for pre-K through 12th grade school communities, addresses bias, bullying, and name-calling.

National Safe Schools Roundtable
Annual convening of individuals and organizations from across the country that are involved in making schools safer for LGBTQ youth. The NSSR aims to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of the safe schools movement through collaboration, education, partnerships, and training.

Rapid Response Network
A part of the National Safe Schools Roundtable, the Rapid Response Network helps protect LGBTQ-inclusive school policies and curricula. The NSSR works with allied organizations that have expertise and connections in diverse fields such as law, media, religious and family advocacy. If schools are pressured by anti-LGBTQ opposition, the RRN brings together families, administrators, teachers, youth, and advocates and provides them with support, information, organizing tools and talking points to help create effective strategies for keeping schools safe and inclusive.

Public Education Regarding Sexual Orientation Nationally (The P.E.R.S.O.N. Project)
A comprehensive network dedicated to GLBT equity in K – 12 education, with legal and curriculum resources, organizing manual and tactics, plus detailed information for eachUS state. E-list provides daily news updates essential for all activists.

Local Networks That are Making a Difference

The Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth
Boston, Massachusetts

A statewide outreach program that implements recommendations to ensure that gay and lesbian students are safe in Massachusetts public schools. Provides a variety of resources, including statistics on gay and lesbian youth, anti-discrimination policies, and training for parents and teachers.

Safe Schools Coalition
Seattle, Washington

Suggested Resource: Safe Schools Resource Guide
Statewide public-private partnership providing crisis support, workshops on sexual-minority issues for parents, students, community groups, school boards and professionals, posters and other useful publications regarding anti-gay harassment and violence in schools and how to address it.

San Francisco Unified School District (Support Services for Sexual Minority Youth)
Provides curriculum development and comprehensive staff development on issues dealing with sexual orientation. Provides examples of and materials for using It’s Elementary in elementary and middle school staff training.

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)
San Francisco, California

Family Equality Council
Boston, MA

Rainbow Families
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Rainbow Families serves families in the upper Midwest, and we are one of the strongest LGBT family organizations in the country. Our community is diverse and includes gay men, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender adults, our children, extended family members, and our allies.

Media Resources

Both my Moms’ Names are Judy
Lesbian and Gay Parents Association (LGPA)
A powerful short video that features schoolchildren with gay and lesbian parents talking about their experiences at school. Includes anti-homophobia workshop guide for educators and administrators, and a list of books with gay and lesbian characters that are appropriate for young children.

Breaking the Silence: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Foster Youth Tell Their Stories
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
The ten short digital stories included on Breaking the Silence are powerful tales both of the successes and failures of the foster care system for a group of former foster youth who identify as LGBTQ. A tool for training care providers on working effectively with LGBTQ youth.

Gay Youth, produced by Pam Walton
Filmmakers Library, Inc.
The first video to explore the challenges facing gay youth. Useful for educators and parents dealing with issues of coming out, parental support, peer harassment and suicide among gay and lesbian teens. Study guide addresses common myths about homosexuality.

Out of the Past: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Rights in America
by Jeff Dupre – Distributed by GLSEN (see above).
The first documentary about lesbian and gay history produced for a high school audience. The film traces the emergence of gay men and lesbians in American history through the eyes of Kelli Peterson, a young woman coming to terms with herself and her place in the world. Her story and her heroism illuminate moments in lesbian and gay history, making otherwise remote historical material accessible to a general audience.

Love Makes a Family: Living in Lesbian and Gay Families
Family Diversity Projects, Inc
Traveling photo text exhibit featured in It’s Elementary that depicts a diverse group of 20 families with gay or lesbian parents, grandparents and young adults. The exhibit can be rented for display in schools.

Studies on LGBT-inclusive Curriculum


The Impact of LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum on Student Safety, Well-Being, and Achievement