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Press Release (February 23, 2017 )

The YAC salutes State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson! 

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Reminds Californians that State Law Protects Transgender Students’ Rights

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today reiterated his strong support for the rights of transgender students and reminded all Californians that state law requires public schools to allow students access to the restroom or locker room consistent with their gender identity.

Torlakson said action announced by the White House does not roll back protections for California students and educators.

“California students will continue to have their civil rights protected,” he said. “In California we move forward, not backward.”

Governor Brown signed AB 1266 in 2013 and created protections for transgender students. The California Department of Education has Frequently Asked Questions at this web link.

Press Release (March 6, 2016)

Share the California Healthy Youth Act Implementation Toolkit from the ACLU

The YAC is pleased to share materials for parents, students, teachers, administrators and advocates.

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Press Release (August 12, 2015)

The YAC Recommends the Passage of California SB-524.

Protecting Youth From Institutional Abuse Act” 

Please share the petition with your network to pressure CA reps to pass CA SB 524 and US Federal reps to pass the Federal H.R. 3060, the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Treatment Programs for Teens Act (SCARPTA). CA SB-524 and US HR 3060 will protect young people from abuse in residential programs that claim to treat “troubled” teens, including kids considered troubled simply because they’re LGBT.

Press Release (April 12, 2012)


The LA LGBT Youth Advocates Coalition (YAC) celebrates the passage of the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act (SB 48). The FAIR Education Act requires California schools to integrate age-appropriate, factual information about social movements, current events, and the history of people with disabilities and LGBT people into existing social studies lessons which already include the contributions of men, women, people of color, diverse ethnic communities, and other historically underrepresented groups. The FAIR Education Act was signed into law on July 14, 2011 and went into effect January 1, 2012, but is still not implemented.

The California Department of Education previously recognized the cost of invisibility to our students by when over the last 50 years they have already mandated that schools recognize the positive contributions of other historically marginalized communities, including African Americans, women, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and now, LGBT Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, and differently

Fair Education Act Resources

GSA Network Resources

LAUSD Resources


... abled people. 

Dr. Steve Krantz, YAC leader, believes that  “the FAIR Education Act is crucial not only for LGBT students and families, but for all of our students who must learn to function competently in an increasingly diverse and global society.”

Several school districts including the Los Angeles Unified School District and San Francisco Unified School District have taken a proactive approach to the FAIR Education Act and allocated the required resources for their K-12 teachers. Michael Ferrera, Director of the LA Gay and Lesbian Center’s LifeWorks Program, strongly urges all California school districts to implement this important law immediately. “Delaying implementation unintentionally sends the message to schools that their LGBT students and families are not important.” 

The YAC stands ready to assist in providing no-cost consultation, resources and recommendations for appropriate instructional materials (e.g. early history and contributions of LGBT persons) to any requesting school district.

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Leader: Steve Krantz  email: info@lalgbtyac.org