The Board of Directors at the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the “Alliance”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Papini as its new Executive Director. Anthony is currently the Founding Director for the LGBTQA Resource Center at Northeastern Illinois University.

Join is in celebrating the foundational steps taken to create safe & respectful schools, honoring those instrumental in recent successes, & sharing in a vision of safety, support & healthy development for LGBTQ youth throughout all of Illinois. 

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Trans Student's Rights

The first day of school brings up feelings for a lot of students.  “Will I be liked, am I wearing the right clothes, why did summer have to end?”  For transgender students, these anxieties are muted by a more base question-“will my gender identity be respected and acknowledged?  Will I have access to a restroom, or will I have to hold it all day?

2013 Alliance Brunch Honorees

On Sunday, October 6, the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance) honored Dr. Christie Aird, Clinton Rosette Middle School Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), and student activist Emma Leff for their leadership in making Illinois schools safer for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Check out these videos of the three amazing awardees. Many thanks to the Morten Group for their sponsorship of these videos as well as ALL those who made this year's event a huge success!

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Convening young people from all over the state, the Alliance creates a forum for students to inform, participate in and lead the Illinois LGBTQ safe schools movement.

Providing public education on sexual orientation and gender identity topics across the state of Illinois, the Alliance’s “Safety for All” framework addresses sexual orientation and gender identity

Recognizing the importance of inclusive policies within educational entities and human rights agencies, the Alliance works on policy advocacy initiatives with schools, school districts and governme

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Mar 06, 2014

The Board and staff of Crossroads Fund have selected the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance to receive the Ron Stable Award for Activism. The award will be presented to the Alliance at Seeds of Change, Crossroads Fund annual benefit, on Friday, April 4, 2014 at the Chicago Cultural Center. 

Aug 28, 2014

The first day of school brings up feelings for a lot of students.  “Will I be liked, am I wearing the right clothes, why did summer have to end?”  For transgender students, these anxieties are muted by a more base question-“will my gender identity be respected and acknowledged?  Will I have access to a restroom, or will I have to hold it all day?

Videos to Inspire

Alliance youth leaders reflect to their 40-year-old selves about al

Made by the Irish organization BeLonG To Youth Services, this short

On Sunday, October 6, the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Allia