Safe and Supportive Environment (SSE): LGBTQ

LGBTQ Heart
  • Adolescence is a time for emotional and physical growth.  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth may not feel comfortable or safe exploring their sexuality due to social norms, school climate and community influences.  Therefore, LGBTQ youth may need additional support and information in order to make well-informed and responsible decisions.  LGBTQ youth without support systems can be at a higher risk then heterosexual teens for dropping out of school, living on the streets, using alcohol and drugs, unplanned pregnancies, and even in some cases for attempting to harm themselves. 

    Every student, in every school, school be treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.  All students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.

  • Contact Information:

    Adolescent Health Programs Office
    Delaware Department of Education
    35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
    Dover, DE 19901
    Phone: 302-857-3356
    Fax: 302-739-6397