LGBTQ Students

Legislation and other policies that single out students because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity may lead to a variety of negative consequences, such as:

Unsafe learning and/or working environments

  • Prioritizing the needs of some students over other students
  • Allow for the bullying of individuals
  • Negative educational outcomes
  • Lack of access to quality counseling regarding post-secondary plans and/or financial aid

NACAC unequivocally believes that our members have a responsibility to treat one another and students in a fundamentally fair and equitable manner. Therefore, we oppose legislation or other policies that allow for discrimination in any form.

In recent years, several states have introduced legislation that would negatively impact LGBTQ students and school staff. These bills, often referred to as “bathroom bills,” violate individuals’ privacy and safety. NACAC believes that these discriminatory bills and other similar bills create an unsafe environment for students and professionals, and prevent NACAC members from providing effective post-secondary counseling to students of all backgrounds. NACAC opposes such legislation and any policies that allow for discrimination in any form.


NACAC has joined Human Rights Campaign’s Project THRIVE. Project THRIVE is a multi-year national campaign to create more equitable, inclusive support systems and communities for LGBTQ youth. Project THRIVE will build the skills and capacities of all youth-serving professionals to better meet the needs of LGBTQ young people.

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