YES Prep Public Schools
Department of Organizational Strategy, Initiatives, and Culture (OSIC)

Learn how you can be a better ally for the LGBTQ+ community. 

Pride Month

Pride celebrations originated a year after the June 1969 Stonewall Uprising took place in New York City.  Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, two transgender women, emerged from these events and are recognized as leaders of the Gay Liberation Movement.

This month commemorates all the LGBTQ+ community has achieved over the years, honors LGBTQ culture, and sheds light on political issues that continue to harm the LGBTQ community.  The next sections include a few resources on how you and your family can be better allies to the LGBTQ+ community.

For new and everyday allies

For families

LGBTQ+ vocabulary lists

Do you sometimes feel anxious about saying the wrong thing? Below are some glossaries that can help you acquire language that is respectful and inclusive.

Get involved

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) ​​​​​​
  • GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Together we can transform our nation's schools into the safe and affirming environment all youth deserve. Click here to learn more.
It Gets Better Project
  • The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe. Learn more about our work. Click here to learn more
PFLAG
  • PFLAG's mission is to build on a foundation of loving families united with LGBTQ+ people and allies who support one another, and to educate ourselves and our communities to speak up as advocates until all hearts and minds respect, value and affirm LGBTQ people. Click here to learn more.
The Trevor Project
  • The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth. Click here to learn more.

Instagram accounts to follow

  • @lgbt_history – A source for LGBT history.
  • @LesbianHerstoryArchives – Sharing artefacts and publications related to all things lesbian culture.
  • @them –  Online LGBT focused magazine.
  • @JanetMock – Transgender rights activist, author, director, and producer of Pose.
  • @teachandtransform – Liz Kleinrock, an educator and Ted talker.
About the Author 

The Department of Organizational Strategy, Initiatives, and Culture (OSIC) was established in 2017 to oversee YES Prep functions which speaks to organizational development and cultural foundation of YES.