On Friday, “National Coming Out Day,” Los Angeles Unified School District teachers and staff members will be given rainbow “ally” badges to show that they support LGBT students as part of the “Out for Safe Schools” initiative.
Supt. John Deasy released a statement in which he said, “We want all our youth and staff to know that it is safe to be you in LAUSD.” said in a statement.
Alan Acosta, the center’s director of strategic initiatives, added, “Every day, LGBT kids are vulnerable to taunts and abuse — physical and verbal — simply because they’re different. Beginning tomorrow, every one of L.A.’s 655,000 public school students will know and see there are adults at their school who support and care about LGBT kids.”
Just to make sure that students who have native languages other than English can understand, the badges will have the word “ally” translated into seven languages on the front and a list of resources on the flip side. The teachers and staff members are expected to be urged to don the badges.