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August 2018 Edition
In this month’s newsletter we’ve compiled a preview of ACAF’s fall webinars and some back to school advice and resources. Check them out! And did you know that there are more opportunities than ever to be nationally recognized by ACAF for your LGBTQ inclusion efforts? Read more about our three tiers of recognition below!
All Children - All Families Fall Preview

The All Children - All Families Webinar Series is in full swing! We have many great offerings in store for you and here’s a preview of what’s to come in September and October. Click on the links to register today!

September 2018
Core Curriculum:
LGBTQ Youth Track:
Caregiver Track:
Leadership Track:
October 2018
Core Curriculum:
LGBTQ Parent Track:
LGBTQ Youth Track:
Caregiver Track: 
Leadership Track:
As a reminder, all three of ACAF’s Core Curriculum webinars provide 1.5 CE credits from NASW at a cost of $40/webinar. Employees at ACAF participating agencies are eligible for a 50% discount on CEs. If your agency participates in ACAF, ask your team’s ACAF leads for the discount code to submit at time of purchase. Not sure if your agency is eligible? Ask ACAF or request to participate todayClick here to register and learn more about purchasing CEs.
New Tiers of Recognition for ACAF Participants
ACAF participating agencies are now recognized at the following three different tiers of recognition based on which Benchmarks of LGBTQ Inclusion they successfully implement. The project provides technical assistance and resources tailored to agencies at each level.
  1. Building a Foundation for Inclusion: At this level, agencies are at the early stages of policy and practice implementation. Benchmarks focus on establishing non-discrimination protections, providing staff with online learning related to LGBTQ inclusion and improving LGBTQ inclusion in forms, paperwork and messaging. This tier is an appropriate goal for beginner agencies -- its requirements are meaningful and achievable for beginners.
  2. Solid Foundation for Inclusion: At this level, agencies have implemented the essential elements of LGBTQ inclusion in policies and affirming practices. Benchmarks go beyond basic non-discrimination protections to the policies and practices necessary to actively “roll out the welcome mat” to the LGBTQ community. These agencies have also assessed their practices specific to youth and parents to ensure LGBTQ inclusion and acted to make these efforts sustainable for the long-term.
  3. Innovative Inclusion: At this level, agencies are pushing themselves beyond the solid foundation they have built and implementing innovative approaches to LGBTQ inclusion in each of the seven key areas. Benchmarks at this level also require agencies to look outside their own policies and practices and demonstrate leadership in areas like policy advocacy or organizational partnerships.
Read more about these tiers and the national recognition given to agencies at each level here. You can also download a PDF about the tiers.
Back to School Advice for Trans & Non-Binary Youth

HRC’s trans and gender-expansive staff members recently took the time to offer advice to trans and non-binary students as they get ready to head back to their classrooms. Read and share all of their advice here
“When you look around at the other students on your first day back, remember you're never alone. At least one person gets you -- and needs you to get them. Go find them.”
— Jay Brown (He, Him, His)
“Not everyone is always going to understand you and some might even be mean, but there are always people who adore you and will happily run to help. If you are an open trans kid (or even if you’re not), understand you don’t have to pretend to be something else just to fit in. Be brave and always be yourself!”
— Laya Monarez (She, Her, Hers)
“There's no such thing as being feminine or masculine ‘enough.’ You're enough right now, exactly as you are, and you're amazing. No class can teach us how to be ourselves. It's on us to do that homework and ask the tough questions. Understanding and accepting your identity isn't easy, but I promise it'll be worth it.”
— Collen Kutney (They, Them, Theirs)
“Be proud, be visible, be strong and surround yourself with those like you. Be the beacon they seek and together you will shine as bright as diamonds. Muestra tu orgullo, se visible, se firme y rodéate de aquellxs como tu. Se el farol que ellxs buscan y juntxs brillaran tales como los diamantes que son.”
— Lisbeth Meléndez Rivera (Ella, She, Her, Hers) 
“Sometimes going back to school can be scary, particularly if you are worried about bullies. One thing I always try to remember when I face bullies is that as LGBTQ people we show so much power in just being ourselves, and the bullies see that power and are jealous of it. You are powerful just by being, and never forget that.”
— Sarah McBride (She, Her, Hers) 
“There are so many ways to be trans or non-binary, and don’t worry if you feel different. Keep being yourself and try to find others who love you for who you are.”
— Charles Girard (He, Him, His) 
“It can be hard to get people at school to understand how important it is to use your pronouns, especially if you use neutral ones like they/them/theirs. Find one friend who is willing to be your advocate. They can go with you to the bathroom, use your correct pronouns in front of other people, or just give your hand a squeeze if you’re not okay. Sometimes it's just nice to know that one person has your back!”
— Sula Malina (They, Them, Theirs)
"There is no such thing as 'not queer enough.' If you're queer, you determine what that means to you, and that should be good enough for everyone else. You're part of the family."
— Charlotte Clymer (She, Her, Hers)
Back to School Resources
Back to School is a busy time for educators as they set up their students for success -- laminating name tags, creating bulletin boards and writing lesson plans. They know that for many children, the first few days back to school can make or break their year. As educators sharpen their pencils, the HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools program is working to ensure that schools also take the time to make classrooms a welcoming place for all by cultivating an LGBTQ and gender-inclusive learning environment. Check out these tips for educators and advocates. For more resources, check out last year’s “Back to School” edition of Field Forward.