The New York City Department of Education supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students, families, and staff across the five boroughs through a variety of policies and programs.
If you have questions or need support regarding LGBTQ identity, contact LGBTQ@schools.nyc.gov
Student may apply for the annual Yankees-Stonewall Scholarship Initiative, a partnership between the the NYC Department of Education, the Stonewall Inn, and the New York Yankees. This one-time scholarship of $10,000 is awarded to a student from each borough.
Scholarship Eligibility Criteria
- A current senior in high school?
- Intending on attending a two-year or four-year college?
- Someone who has contributed significantly to the LGBT community?
- A student with at least a 2.5 GPA?
The application period is generally open from December to March. Please visit this web page for more information for the application for the 2021-22 school year.
It is the policy of the New York City Department of Education to maintain a safe and supportive school environment for all students free from harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying and free from discrimination on account of actual or perceived race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or weight.
As part of this commitment, students, families, and staff should review the Guidelines on Gender which include the Guidelines to Support Transgender and Gender Expansive Students and the Guidelines on Gender Inclusion.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. The DOE is committed to complying with Title IX and ensuring that DOE schools and workplaces are free of sex discrimination.
Questions regarding Title IX compliance should be referred to:
Sobia Mahmood, Esq.,
Title IX Coordinator
65 Court Street, Room 1102
Brooklyn, NY 11201
The DOE has more policies than the ones listed above. For more information on all NYC policies, go to the top navigation and click on School Life, then look under the heading Policies for All.
OUT for Safe Schools®
The OUT for Safe Schools® campaign is a national initiative that supports school-based staff to visibly identify as trusted adults to LGBTQ students. School staff receive training in building affirming environments for LGBTQ students before receiving badges for the school community.
College and Careers
All students in the New York City Department of Education should graduate ready for college and careers. LGBTQ students have other considerations such as finding an affirming environment and sometimes paying the tuition without parental support. The following resources are meant to support LGBTQ students and their families in finding and financing college.
Finding a College
Paying for College
Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs)
A GSA is a club, typically in a high school or middle school, which provides a place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and work to end harassment or discrimination for LGBTQ students. The clubs are also a great place for all kids to get support, including allies and children of LGBTQ parents.
The first step is for an interested student to approach a trusted adult in their building, perhaps a guidance counselor, the Respect for All liaison, a supportive teacher, or maybe even the principal. Let them know that you'd like to start a GSA and ask them what the process would be. If they need help or support, they can email us at email@example.com.
Curriculum is both a window and a mirror, allowing students who are not LGBTQ to see the experiences of others and providing a reflection for LGBTQ students. These efforts include incorporating LGBTQ history, reading books by LGBTQ authors, and ensuring sexual health curriculum is inclusive of all identities.
The NYC Department of Education has invested resources in the creation of LGBTQ affirming curriculum. These include:
Community-based LGBTQ Organizations
The DOE maintains a list of groups that offer resources for LGBTQ individuals.