We are pleased to announce that the Queering Education Research Institute© (QuERI) has relocated for two years, 2014-2016, to Hunter College, CUNY, in New York City and will be part of the LGBT Social Science and Public Policy Center at Hunter's Roosevelt House.

QuERI is an independent think-tank, qualitative research and training center dedicated to bridging the gap between research and practice in improving the school experiences of LGBTQ students. QuERI began in 2006 with the Reduction of Stigma in Schools (RSIS) program—a research-based professional development program aimed at supporting educators in creating more affirming school environments for LGBTQ students and families. It expanded in 2009 to become a research and policy institute. QuERI was founded by Dr. Elizabethe Payne and housed in the Syracuse University School of Education from 2006-2014. Dr. Payne brought QuERI with her as she relocated to Hunter College to direct the relaunch of the LGBT Social Science and Public Policy Center.

This move has allowed for continued data collection in QuERI's on-going state-wide research study on the implementation of the Dignity for All Students Act, New York's LGBT inclusive anti-harassment law, and to continue to work toward effective legislation and policy in support of LGBT students and families in New York schools.

For more information about the research and applied work of QuERI, please see the website. QuERI can also be found on Huffington Post, Facebook, and Twitter.

  • Topic: Back to School Resources

Now that school season is upon us, here are some topics/ articles that you may find useful to help you achieve a welcoming, safe and successful school year experience.

Welcoming School has a checklist for a welcoming and inclusive school environment: ensure all of your students and their families feel welcome with this simple checklist to assess your school climate. Are you developing a school where all children can thrive? 

Have you downloaded Welcoming School starter kit? 

HRC blog: New guide for supporting transgender students in K-12 schools. Made in partnership with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Gender Spectrum, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Education Association, the guide is a first-of-its-kind resource providing a blueprint for safe, supportive and inclusive school environments for transgender youth. 

Back to School tips for LGBTQ parents: Huffington Post article on how to advocate yourself and your child for comfortable school year! 

Family equality council's back to school tool provides key actions to take in order to create safe and welcoming environment for children. 

Does your child have a supportive community of peers? Check out KIDSAFE blog by COLAGE. This is a platform formed by youth ages 12-18 who have lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer parents from all over the country. They share their experiences and support each other. 

Would you like to learn more about anti- bullying efforts made in U.S or experiences of LGBTQ youth in schools, check out Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network's webinars on these and other educational topics. 


Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

GLSEN strives for the equality and safety of all members of every school community, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Provides educational resources and supports school-based gay/straight alliances.


Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

HRC is the largest national lesbian and gay political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

Also visit for a comprehensive guide for administrators, educators, parents and guardians who want to strengthen their schools' approach to family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying. Welcoming Schools is specifically designed for use in K-5 learning environments and is inclusive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender families and individuals in the broader context of diversity.


Online Schools

At, we believe that learning is a lifelong endeavor. We strive to provide students interested in earning an online degree with the most accurate, comprehensive, and accessible information about accredited online schools at every education level to ensure that they select the best programs to meet their goals.


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Last Updated: 7/8/16