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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In Edwardsville, IL, a 30 minute drive from the scene of the Michael Brown killing, the school district superintendent has banned teachers from talking about the incident with students entirely. It would seem that dicussions pertaining to the incident would be valuable to students as a topic in many classes.

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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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?

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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