LGBTQ+ students face a variety of obstacles that includes lack of support from their families, high demands on their college expenses, and fears of selecting a gender while filling out FAFSA. As students begin their college career, it can be daunting to know if their chosen campus & city shows support for their community. 

To support these students in their transition, the team at has created a guide that empowers students & encourages equality. The information covered includes:

An organization dedicated to gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. The APS AWARE Coaches can provide Gender Spectrum training at any Aurora Public School. Contact any of us for more information! 

Championing safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Tons of great resources! 

GLSEN Ready Set Respect.pdf

As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC's vision a reality. HRC envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

Welcoming Schools offers a variety of professional development workshops and resources to bolster the inclusivity of elementary school environments. These topics include: welcoming diverse families, creating LGBTQ and gender inclusive schools, preventing bias-based bullying, and supporting transgender and non-binary students. The AWARE team and several other district staff are trained in Welcoming Schools---please contact us for more information! 


LGBTQ youth drop-in safe and supportive space that offers events, youth-led activities, counseling, and support groups. A must visit! 

The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that 18.7 million people age 18 or older had a substance use disorder in the United States. Furthermore, people who identify as gay or lesbian are more than twice as likely than those who identify as heterosexual to have a sever alcohol or tobacco use disorder ( These alarming numbers stress a need for more substance use resources readily available to the community. 

Finding Support for Substance Abuse and Mental Illness in the LGBT Community (Article)