Teachers, administrators, counselors, and school staff play a vital role in improving the health of young people. LGBTQ youth are at high risk of bullying and harassment from peers and teachers. Below are resources for teachers, councilors, principals, and school staff to improve the school climate for all students.

This resource list includes:

1. Suggested School Policies

2. Gender and Sexuality Diversity Educational Materials

3. Organizations in New Mexico

Suggested School Policies


Gender and Sexuality Educational Materials

Fierce Pride collaborated with Media Arts Collaborative Charter School middle school GSAFE (Gender and Sexuality Alliance For Everyone) to create this short film. Fierce Pride researched best practices for schools to reduce violence against LGBTQ students, which in turn reduces their rates of using substances including tobacco. The students wanted to tell teachers, administrators, and other adults how these policies impact them, and what happens when schools do not have these policies or do not follow them.

Model policies:

Albuquerque Public Schools Non-discrimination for Students Gender Identity and Expression Policy is a model policy for making schools safer for all students.

GLSEN’s Safe School Policies for LGBT students

Research and Data:

New Mexico Department of Health report on the health and well-being the LGBQ youth in New Mexico (2016)

LGBTQ Youth of Color: Discipline Disparities, School Push-out, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline (2014)

Center for Disease Control data on LGBTQ health and experiences with violence.

Center for Disease Control Resource list for schools

“Understanding LGBTQ identity: A Toolkit for Educators”

PBS Learning Media created this comprehensive toolkit that includes videos, discussion guides, and teaching tips.

Click here for Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: a Toolkit for Educators

Included in this toolkit is a video titled, “Race, Visibility, and Safe Spaces.”

“I Am Me: Understanding the Intersections of Gender, Sexuality, and Identity” (41min)

New Mexico’s Center for Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health created this training for adults who work with youth. “I Am Me” is an educational training video that explains the identities and stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, etc . (LGBTQ+) young people in New Mexico. Topics include definitions, allyship, stories of support, and ways adults can be allies for LGBTQ+ youth.

Click here for the PDF resource guide

Click here for more Center of Excellence LGBTQ resources

New Mexico Organizations

Casa Q

Casa Q provides safe living options and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth, and allies who are at risk or experiencing homelessness.
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 872-2099

EQNM: Equality New Mexico

EQNM advocates for the well-being of LGBTQ people through political policy and advocacy.

Albuquerque 505.224.2766
Las Cruces 575.650.1014

New Mexico Gender and Sexuality Alliance Network

of Santa Fe Mountain Center

NM GSA network provides training and support to GSA’s (Gay Straight Alliances or Gender and Sexuality Alliances) throughout New Mexico.

PO Box 449
Tesuque, NM 87574
Phone: (505) 983-6158
Fax: (505) 983-0460
Email: info@santafemc.org

Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico

TGRCNM supports transgender, gender-conforming, gender-variant people in New Mexico with support groups, organiational educational trainings, drop-in services, medical provider list, legal support, medical clinics, need exchange, and events.

149 Jackson Street Northeast
Albuquerque, NM, 87108


Rape Crisis Center of New Mexico

RCCNM provides support and advocacy to survivors of sexual assault and abuse within the greater Albuquerque area, and to serve as a community resource on issues regarding prevention and awareness of sexual violence.

24/7 hotline (505) 266-7711
Counseling: (505) 266-7712

Twitter: @RapeCrisisNM
Facebook: Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico

New Mexico Asian Family Center

New Mexico Asian Family center offers culturally sensitive programs and services creating a Pan-Asian Community that advocates for and supports itself.

128 Quincy St NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
(505) 717-2877

Young Women United (YWU)

YWU works with young women of color to advance an intersectional vision of reproductive justice around five campaign issue areas: de-stigmatizing mental health alongside LGBTQ youth of color, leading criminal justice reform with a gender lens perspective while de-criminalizing substance use and pregnancy, maintaining and growing access to reproductive health care, increasing access women of color have to a full range of birthing options centering midwifery models of care, building educational equity and support for expectant and parenting young people. YWU also runs Circle of Strength, a leadership development program for self-identified young women of color ages 13-19.

(505) 831-8930