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Safe Zone

Provides support and resources for LGBTQ students and their families.

If you have any questions about Safe Zone, contact:

Janalee Barnard
(505) 855-9831

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students students face many barriers that can prevent them from feeling safe within their school environment including verbal and physical harassment and bullying.  These students are at increased risk of homelessness and self-destructive behaviors which often result in attendance issues and/or higher drop-out rates.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Safe Zone was designed to support LGBT students but is available to any other student as well.  Every middle and high school designates at least one staff member as a "safe adult" that students can go to if they need to report harassment and need help. Safe Zone Volunteers identify their office or classroom by hanging a SAFE ZONE sign so that they are easily identified by students.

Safe Zone Volunteers attend 2-3 district meetings per year for professional development, resource sharing and networking. Safe Zone Volunteers and other school staff may  choose to sponsor Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs, support groups or lunch groups to create safe spaces for students.

GLSEN  published the results of a 2011 school climate survey.  You can read it at: http://www.glsen.org/schoolclimate

The National Education Association published a report in 2009 on the status of GLBT people in education. Read the report >>

The Trevor Project

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. 

APS Policy and Procedure  - Intervening with a Potential Suicide

Need Resources?

  • PFLAG Albuquerque: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has an Albuquerque chapter dedicated to empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transsexual persons -- and those who love them -- through outreach, personal support, and education. (Contact PFLAG Albuquerque at 873-7373.)
  • ACLU Youth & Schools Work: The ACLU Youth and Schools are working to make public schools safe and bias-free for LGBT students, defending their free speech in school, and working to help students start gay-straight alliance clubs.
  • The Human Rights Campaign: HRC is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.
  • Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network: GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
  • Welcoming Schools-A Project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.  Appropriate for administrators, educators and parents/guardians. A terrific website with helpful handouts (such as what do you say to "that's so gay"), professional development tools and lesson plans (aligned with Common Core Standards) for elementary school
  • Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico: Dedicated to serving the transgender community of the State of New Mexico by providing personal support, education and resource information.  Contact Adrien Lawyer at 440-3402.
  • College Guide for Current and Prospective LGBT Students: Many universities/colleges have adopted a culture of awareness and respect for the LGBT community and have active, vocal LGBT advocacy programs on campus.  There are even a few that offer LGBT studies and housing. This guide should get you started on your search for a comfortable university/college environment.
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