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LGBTQ Center Honors School District

The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach recently honored the Long Beach Unified School District with a 2014 President’s Award for outstanding support of The Center’s mission.

The mission of The Center is to offer assistance and provide education about emotional and physical health, housing, cultural and social activities, and legal and social justice.  The organization advocates for inclusion of all with no judgment or restrictions based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Accepting the award at the State of the Center event this month were LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser and LBUSD Coordinated Student Services Director Tiffany Brown.

The school district earned the award in part for its collaborative work with The Center.  LBUSD has implemented The Center’s Safe Space curriculum to train more than 500 high school teachers on how to teach empathy and use appropriate vocabulary when dealing with issues of sexual orientation and gender identity at school.  The program includes Safe Space classroom posters designed to help create a safe and nurturing environment for all students.

The Center also provides support to high school Gay Straight Alliance groups and is working with the school district to develop a handbook for educators regarding transgender youth.

Also earning the President’s Award this year was the non-profit Downtown Long Beach Associates, which operates on behalf of the tenants and commercial and residential property owners in a business improvement district.

Learn more at centerlb.org.