As a way to provide support for LGBT students, teachers and staff members of the Los Angeles Unified School District are being encouraged to wear rainbow “ally” badges.
The badges were slated to be handed out beginning on Friday and teachers and staff can wear them to identify themselves as allies of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"We want all our youth and staff to know that it is safe to be you in LAUSD," Superintendent John Deasy said in a statement.
On the front of the badges is the word “ally” in seven different languages. A list of resources can be found on the back.
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The Daily Caller noted that the move is part of the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center’s “Out for Safe Schools” initiative.
“Every day, LGBT kids are vulnerable to taunts and abuse -- physical and verbal -- simply because they’re different,” Alan Acosta, the center’s director of strategic initiatives, said in a statement on Thursday. “Beginning tomorrow, every one of L.A.’s 655,000 public school students will know and see there are adults at their school who support and care about LGBT kids."
The "Out for Safe Schools" initiative coincided with National Coming Out Day, which was Friday.