LGBTQ Resources and Information

Read: The Superintendent’s Policy Statement on LGBTQ Youth and Their Safety in School

Resources for LGTBQ Youth and Their Families  

Queer-Straight Alliance, Gay-Straight Alliance, Rainbow Alliance

SCCS works actively to support the QSA/GSA/Rainbow Alliance at each of our secondary schools. We partner with the Diversity Center to bring opportunities and supports to our LGBTQ students and their allies. The contact information and meeting dates and times are current as of February, 2018. You can also contact your school counselor for assistance.


Grade Level

GSA Name

GSA Meeting Day

GSA Meeting Time

GSA Meeting Room

GSA Advisor(s)

GSA Advisor Email(s)

Delta Charter


Queer Straight Alliance (QSA)


1:00 - 2:00


Jamie Cutter & Celine Cuneo,

Harbor High School


Queer Straight Alliance (QSA)




Elaina Ramer

Santa Cruz High School


Rainbow Alliance


11:20 - 12:00


Alicia Guzman

Soquel High School




12:20 - 12:50


Ryan Bosson & Natasha Castro,

Branciforte Middle School


Rainbow Alliance


12:25 - 1:00


Julie Presant

Mission Hill Middle School



Jill Murgia

Library and Media Center Books and Resources

Each of our library/media centers maintains a searchable database of the collections. The links below will take you to the various libraries for  topics related to LGBTQ issues. 

Gault Elementary DeLaveaga Elementary Bay View Elementary
 Westlake Elementary Mission Hill Middle School Branciforte Middle School
Harbor High School fiction Harbor High School non fiction Soquel High School

Community Partners

The Diversity Center

The Diversity Center is a community partner offering advocacy, events and support groups for the LGBTQ community including youth. We welcome their participation on our LGBTQ Task Force. 
Click Here to visit the Diversity Center Website

The Safe Schools Project

The Safe Schools Project works with families, students and school administrators to resolve safety issues in our schools. 
Click Here to Visit the Safe Schools Project Website

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

PFLAG is an organization dating back to the 1960's and has a local chapter. It sponsors monthly gatherings for parents and and family members of LGBTQ youth. It brings parents information as well as support. 
Click here to Visit the PFLAG Website

Queer Youth Leadership Awards

​The Queer Youth Leadership Awards recognize students who have shown leadership in the their schools and community. Both queer youth and allies are recognized as well as adult supporters and community organizations.
Click Here to Visit the Queer Youth Leadership Awards Website

Transgender Students Policy and Procedures

Transgender Students Roster Name Change

Protection and Support for LGBTQ Students

Law, Policy and Complaint Procedures

The Santa Cruz City Schools is committed to a safe environment for all students. We recognize our LGBTQ students are especially at risk for bullying, harassment, non school attendance, dropping out and suicide. SCCS does not tolerate bullying of any kind and will do everything possible to create a warm and welcoming place for our LGBTQ youth and their families.

The California State Legislature has enacted a series of laws starting in 2000 to protect LGBTQ students. SCCS fully enforces these laws and policies on our school campuses. If you have a concern or complaint, please contact  your school principal or the Director of Student Services. If you wish to file a formal complaint please contact  your principal or the Director of Student Services and tell them you wish to use the Uniform Complaint Procedure (UCP). All complaints will be fully investigated. 

Suicide Prevention Policies in Schools specifically addresses the needs of LGBTQ youth. Currently the Suicide Prevention Stakeholders Groups is meeting to address these needs.
(Education Code 215)

Curriculum in sex education as well as HIV education must be LGBTQ inclusive. Currently we have a cohort of health teachers updating their curriculum and developing new units. (Ed Code 51933)

Curriculum in Social Studies must include the contributions of LGBTQ Americans. Our Social Studies teachers will receive training and access to units as they  learn the new Social Studies Frameworks. (Ed Code 51204.5)

Seth's Law refer to anti bullying legislation specifically calling out gender identity/gender expression and sexual orientation as prohibited bases for bullying. (Ed Code 234.5)

Teachers and school administrators must keep schools safe and fight bias and harassment. All of our staff are trained annually on their affirmative responsibility to prevent bullying, discrimination and harassment of all students.  (Ed Code  220

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