The 2019 Symposium on LGBTQ Youth will take place March 3-6, 2019
Hosted by Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida

Presented by



high-school aged youths



teachers and educators



school districts

Stonewall National Education Project is uniquely poised through its vast national network of professionals, to help eliminate barriers, stand up for and empower our young people. The program is a ground-breaking partnership with a national network, first initiated in 2013. What started as a network of 13 school districts has grown to over 60 school districts serving LGBTQ youth. Stonewall National Education Project is an advocate for the safety, inclusion, and value of LGBTQ students, with a focus on improvising student achievement, attendance, and graduation rates.

Now in its seventh year, Stonewall National Education Project positively impacts the lives of countless LGBTQ youth, and their classmates, from a spectrum of major cities and small towns across the nation.

Lively and diverse attendance is expected for this year’s symposium.
Contact Emery Grant, Director of Programming and Education, for more information.
email or call 954-763-8565 x1102

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The Stonewall National Education Project national network is comprised of delegates representing more than 4.5 million high-school-aged youth and 200,000 educators. The network meets every year at its annual Symposium.


In March 2019, the Stonewall National Education Project Annual Symposium will gather more than 150 school district leaders, federal and state agencies, not for profit organizations, and university offices including large metropolitan areas such as New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Philadelphia, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, and Washington, DC. State Departments of Education have attended from Michigan, Massachusetts, Washington, North Carolina, Rhode Island. Federal agencies and not for profit organizations have included US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC – Division of Adolescent and School Health, American Psychological Association, HRC, GSA Network, Gender Spectrum and more.


Research has shown that LGBTQ youth, particularly youth of color, disproportionately face more disciplinary action and harsher punishment than their straight counterparts. They are more likely to have poorer academic and health outcomes, less likely to attend school on a regular basis, and have a greater chance of being pushed out of school and into the prison system.


Now in its seventh year, symposium topics include: laws, best practices and resources at the state and federal level, policy and funding, accommodations for transgender and gender nonconforming students, bullying, self-esteem, power & privilege, social justice and curriculum, sex, sexuality, HIV and YMSM support systems, and creating community for Black adolescent sexual minority males.

2019 Topics

LGBTQ laws, policy, and funding


Transgender and gender nonconforming students


Bullying and self-esteem


Social justice and curriculum


Sex and sexuality


HIV support systems


Black sexual minority communities