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Lai, Teresa H.
Rope, Robert L

Colors of Diversity Club






World AIDS Day

Ensuring Safe, Welcoming, and Bias-free Schools



Mr. Rope and Ms. Lai would like to get student and staff input on activities and events for this year. Please fill out this short survey. At the end of the list is a space for other suggestions and ideas.

Morning of Silence


Giannini has acknowledged Gay Pride Month (April) with a Morning of Silence. We have endeavored to make students more aware of and sensitive to challenges of LGTBQ youth, families and friends and to deepen the impact and understanding of the Morning of Silence for our community.


From the Day of Silence webpage ( "Silence can create change! That’s why every year hundreds of thousands of students across the world take a vow of silence on a Friday in April. This quiet but powerful student-led action raises awareness about the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination."


These slide presentations will give more information about this event, challenges and supports for LGTBQ youth, and pictures of famous people who identify as LGTBQ.



  • Get a participation STICKER in Homeroom
  • Be Silent during the morning & experience the discomfort & frustration of not being able to talk
  • LGTBQ youth are afraid to express who they really are and so remain SILENT.


  • Debrief in the Library at lunch- What were the challenges for you to remain silent?


GLSEN's Day of Silence is a student-led national event organized in thousands of schools, bringing awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBTQ behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBTQ students and those perceived to be LGBTQ.


Giannini has acknowledged Gay Pride Month (April) with assemblies and a Morning of Silence. We have endeavored to make students more aware of and sensitive to challenges of LGTBQ youth, families and friends and to deepen the impact and understanding of the Morning of Silence for our community. From the Day of Silence webpage ( "Silence can create change! That’s why every year hundreds of thousands of students across the world take a vow of silence on a Friday in April. This quiet but powerful student-led action raises awareness about the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination." Faculty, students, and community members can briefly talk as allies or LGTBQ members in support of acceptance. An example would be: "I get very angry (upset) when I hear (a derogatory word) because my best friend (my relative, neighbor, etc) is gay. She/he is a very beautiful person who___________ (job, hobbies, community involvement). PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK. The process for the morning of silence will also be explained. These assemblies will be held by grade level on Thursday, April 7.


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Millions wear purple on Spirit Day in a stand against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Observed annually since 2010, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures wear purple, which symbolizes 'spirit' on the rainbow flag.

Spirit Day was started in 2010 by high school student Brittany McMillan as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. 

Getting involved is easy -- participants are asked to simply "go purple" on October 17th as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are. 








Go to this web page. Under the video screen on left, click on "preview full length video" = 22 minutes



THE LAST ONE debuts December 1 on Showtime. (IMBED THE YOU TUBE TRAILER)

The AIDS Quilt  panel, a National Treasure, will be displayed in the Library again this year from Monday, December 1 until Friday, December 5. Teachers can schedule their classes for viewings. Call Ms. Lai x3224.

Come to the Library to view and study the quilt panel. Find out who is represented on the panel this year. How old were they? What did they like to do? What is the purpose of this display?


December 1st is WORLD AIDS DAY; December is World AIDS Month.



  • Tips about the Quilt (
  • AIDS Quilt (
  • Student Resources 
  • Facebook- Become fans of The Quilt. Search for AIDS Memorial Quilt.(
  • QUILT stories are available on iTunes. This app features a series of 3-minute audio stories. Search on QUILTstories

LGTBQ Support-

Website from SFUSD



Online Educational Resources


ISSUES & Rights

The Genderbread Person

LGBTQ Encyclopedia

LGBTQ Rights Overview


People Lists

Influential and Famous LGBTQ People List

The Trans 100 list



Creating a Safe Space for GLBTQ Youth

GSA Advisor Handbook

Unheard Voices: Stories of LGBTQ History


Ally week

International Days against Homophobia and Transphobia

LGBTQ Spirit Day

National Coming Out Day

National LGBT History Month

Transgender Day of Remembrance


LGBTQ Inclusive History Months





I’m From Driftwood: LGBTQ Story Archive

It’s Gets Better Project

Storytelling About Being Queer and/or Undocumented

Coming Out Stimulator 2014 by ncase



MTV: I’m Positive

HIV Stigma Project



Cuentame: An Honest Conversation

De Colores

Tres Gotas de Agua



I AM: Trans People Speak

Spoken Word Poetry: “Hir”




GLAAD: Great LGBTQ Stories on the Radio

OutLoud Radio


Love and relationships

The Devotion Project


Back in 2000, a teenage Fiona Apple fan named Bill Magee decided to approach the singer after a gig and hand her a letter. In it, the 16-year-old spoke of his school's gay-straight alliance — of which he was a member — and asked if she could possibly reply with a sentence or two in its support.



LGTBQ Websites

  • Also Youth from Saratoga, Florida ( Advocacy, leadership, support, outreach


CNN’s Christiane Amanpour will be sitting down with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager nearly killed by Taliban gunmen for advocating that all girls should have the right to go to school.

What would you like to ask Malala?

Post a video question on Instagram using the hashtag #AskMalalaCNN and it could be used in CNN’s special, “The Bravest Girl in the World,” on Oct. 13. Please include your name, age and location in the comments. Deadline: Monday, Oct. 7.

Note: If you aren’t on Instagram, you can upload a question to CNN iReport. Please include the hashtag #AskMalalaCNN.

Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Pakistan, was shot in the head by Taliban assassins in October 2012 because she wanted to go to school. Her story of courage, determination and hope for learning in the face of almost unimaginable odds captured the attention of the world and has inspired a global movement for girls’ education.

In an exclusive television interview with “ABC World News” Anchor Diane Sawyer, Malala describes her passion for learning despite threats from the Taliban and recounts the moments leading up to the assassination attempt on her life and her miraculous recovery.

Sawyer’s interview with Malala will air starting Monday, October 7 on all ABC News broadcasts and platforms, including “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,”, Yahoo! and ABC News Radio , leading up to a full-hour, special edition of “20/20″ on Friday, October 11 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.



Students from the San Francisco Unified School District are being encouraged to produce a 60-second video with an anti-bullying message. The contest is called "Bye Bye Bullying." Middle and high school students from San Francisco are asked to come up with some creative ways to convey their anti-bullying message. Those who don't own a camera will be trained by the Bay Area video coalition. 

The deadline to enter the video contest is November 7.

The purpose of the campaign is to increase awareness about the effects of bullying on students and to encourage positive responses towards bullying.

Contestants will create a 60 second video of one of the following themes:
1. What is Bullying? What does bullying and harassment mean to you?
2. Effects of Bullying. What is the impact of bullying and harassment?
3. Effective Ways to Respond to Bullying. What positive responses have teachers, administrators and/or classmates provided to address bullying and harassment at school?

Videos will be evaluated by a panel of Judges. Contest winners will be announced on Dec 4th. Contest winners will win prizes including iPads, sailing lessons, graffiti art classes and much more. Submission period for "Bye Bye Bullying" starts on Oct. 3rd and ends Nov.7th, 2013. For more information, OR

Tentative Program: 2013 - 2014


-- History of Human Rights/ short marriage equality film clips

-- Poster Contest – elections of officers?

--Abilities/disabilities awareness day (from July)


-- Labor Day – clips about workers…

-- What’s going on with Olympics in Russia? (film clips/ papers)

-- Bill of Rights (9/25 passes senate) – films/ speaker

-- T-shirts: design and sell!


-- Mathew Shepard killed (invite P-Flag?), bullying and cyber-bullying

-- Mahatma Gandhi (Oct 2)

-- Purple Day – Sports pro-lgbt diversity clips

-- UNICEF drive!/ party? – Refugees from Syria

-- World Homeless Day, 10/10


-- Transgender day of remembrance – (Nov 20 – film/ speaker))

-- Dalai Lama enthroned…

-- Harvey Milk (nov 27 assassinated)

-- Veterans Day – Viet Nam Veterans Memorial, designd by Maya Lin (film clips!)

-- Voting – woman’s suffrage – Voting rights setbacks


-- Ryan White film (dec 6)

-- AIDS Quilt (Dec 1 – World AIDS Day)

-- Human Rights Day (Dec 10, 1948 universal decl of HR’s adopted), film clips – Eleanor Roosevelt (field trip to SF main ibrary/ UN Plaza,/,SF Opera Bldg?)


-- MLK Day - films

-- (field trip)

-- “Bully” unit – films)/ more Winter Olympics coverage – cyber-bullying

-- World Religions Day (January 19th) ### film clips/ Glide speaker?


-- Chinese New Year (Feb 10) – focus on Angel Island!

-- Rosa Parks (Feb 4) - film

-- Presidents Day – film clips

-- Black History Month


--Albert Einstein born (film clips)

-- Anne Frank film

-- Caesar Chavez (March 31) – film clips

-- International Women’s Day (film clips) and National Nutrition Month!


-- Earth Day (Ap 22) - invite speaker!! – activities…

-- “Paper Clips”

-- World Book Day (Ap 23 – also anniversary of Shakespeare’s death – activities…

-- Holocaust speaker (Ap 30 – Holocaust Memorial Day)

-- (Armenian) Genocide Day – lesson on genocide!!


-- Veterans… (Memorial Day) /Pinwheels for peace?

-- Celebrate life and work of Helen Keller (born and died in June)

-- Nelson Mandela inaugurated president of South Africa – May 10, 1994 – film clips

--National pet week! (May 11th) – share web pix, stories

--Cynco de Mayo!

(Morning of Silence/assemblies – invite police/firefighters/short theater piece?/ music i/Sports)

Somoan and Fillipino Days


SFPD It Gets Better


Gay Pride It Gets Better Videos (SFPD, Giants and 49ers)





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MAY 11, 2012

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The annual A.P. Giannini MORNING OF SILENCE/GAY PRIDE ASSEMBLIES will be held on Friday, April 19, 5th period- 6th grade, 6th period - 7th grade, and 7th period - 8th grade. The Morning of Silence will be explained, Allies will speak, a member of the San Francisco Fire Department will talk, and a video will be shown. The purpose of this assembly and the Morning of Silence is to improve school climate and create safer schools by celebrating the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community's contributions to our society.

Rosalind Wiseman, author of Mean Girls

Creating Cultures of Dignity

Rosalind Wiseman is an internationally recognized author and educator on children, teens, parenting, education and social justice. Her work aims to help parents, educators and young people successfully navigate the social challenges of young adulthood.

Educators legally must prevent GLBT bullying - article from CTA

Supervisor Malia Cohen


On Friday, February 27, Supervisor Malia Cohen spoke to students in the Library. The event was co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and the Diversity Club. Students asked her some very insightful questions from immigration registration of children, to police aggression, youth death, homeless problems, how the SF City government helps the school district, and other topics. She was presented a trophy as a remembrance of her visit to A.P. Giannini Middle School.


Here is an article  from Saturday, May 12 about Gloria Lyon , the holocaust speaker who has done assemblies for APG.



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Ms. Weickum is doing the pinwheels for Peace again this year. She encourages all of the classroom teachers to participate in this wonderful and simple project. All the directions/templates are available on line PinwheelsFor

On Sept. 21, International Peace Day, all of her classes will be planting their pinwheels on the lawn in front of the school ramp. She is also doing the Prayer Flags with images and messages for Peace which are simply posters strung on string between the trees in the same location.

This year the Peace One Day movement is calculating the number of individuals involved in celebrating Peace Day Sept. 21 world wide .  Our school is registered. It would be a monumental accomplishment to have our entire student body involved. There are videos about the movement on There is a lot of usable material on the site. Posters will be up around the school. Please join Ms. Weickum in this cause.


Outspoken will be performed by The New Conservatory Theater Center on Thursday, December 6 in the Gym. 8th Grade during Homeroom & first period. 7th grade during 2nd period which will probably run 10 minutes into third The theme of this performance is Diversity, Respect & School Safety Education.

Check out their website Details to follow.












As we continue to strive towards a world that acknowledges the rights of all human beings, the Vienna Declaration and Plan of Action, adopted at the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna in 1993, still sets the agenda for much of our work. The Declaration, which led to historic advances in the promotion and protection of human rights, is the most significant overarching human rights document produced in the past 40 years.




Inclusive Schools Network


List of Books on Inclusion at AP Giannini Library

(Destiny catalog>Resource lists>Inclusion)



SFUSD INCLUSION WEEK WILL BE CELEBRATED DECEMBER 1-5. At Giannini, the film, Including Samuel, will be shown in four parts, one each day in the Library at lunchtime. On Friday an information panel made up of teachers and parents will discuss inclusion at Giannini. 

The Including Samuel website has resources, a teaching tool kit and much more. CLICK HERE to go to this site. 

"Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Shot and produced over four years, Habib’s award-winning documentary film, Including Samuel, chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives. The film honestly portrays his family’s hopes and struggles as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families. Including Samuel is a highly personal, passionately photographed film that captures the cultural and systemic barriers to inclusion."

The Destiny site has a new resource list- Inclusion. Look at this list of books to find books about students and inclusion challenges. There are 120 books on the list. About 100 are fiction


This National Geographic article is about Mr. Chanh Quach, his macaws and photo journalism. This teacher is know for his love of all living creatures. Click here to view the article and spectacular picture.


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