A lawsuit would not solve the underlying need to create a safe and supportive school environment where Darnell and other LBGT students could learn and develop their full potential.
Dates of Project: July 2008 to July 2012
Description: The Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University implemented a research-based family model of prevention and care to decrease family rejection and increase family support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adolescents.
The effort included family interventions for ethnically and religiously diverse and low-income families; trainings for providers and school administrators; facilitating policy changes among medical and mental health professional associations (and in the case of this project, a school district); and communications activities.
Story Told: This story illustrates how the Family Acceptance Project helped protect the rights of one LGBT student by generating a school system initiative to provide training and develop a new inclusive school policy.