The Alliance is collaborating with the Trans Oral History Project to bring you and your students Education in Action, our 2014 Youth Summit from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on November 22, 2014. The Summit will include youth development and education justice workshops including a train-the-trainer session from I Live for Trans Education, a grassroots multimedia toolkit. Advisors will have their own professional development track. We will celebrate the evening with a youth dance and advisor mixer.

The 2014- 2015 GSA school year has gotten off to a great start! The Alliance is happy to announce two new Middle school GSAs at Haven Middle school in Evanston Illinois, as well as Huntley Middle School in DeKalb Illinois. The addition of these GSAs brings the number of GSAs in Middle schools to 5 in the state of Illinois.

By LAURA McALPINE

I heard the news as I drove my daughter, Amalia, to school. Matthew Shepard died in the ICU, 6 days after being left beaten on a fence post.  I watched her run out of the car embracing her first-grade friends with childish glee. Chicago Public School classmates of all different ethnicities, backgrounds, families, and traditions. I knew that Matthew’s murder was not an aberration, but it was particularly brutal and traumatic.

Local People, Local Work

Host a House Party to benefit the Alliance!

Seeking an alternative way to support the Alliance? House parties or cultivation events can be formal or informal gatherings of your  friends, family or business associates that allow you to introduce them to the mission of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.

A Place Called Home

Addressing LGBT Homelessness and Housing Discrimination through Federal Policy

The impact of housing discrimination on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is devastating and accounts for increased in-stances of homelessness and housing insecurity and lower homeownership rates in the LGBT community. Many LGBT youth are kicked out of their homes or leave because of lack of family acceptance of their LGBT identities.

Why I Give to the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance

By LAURA McALPINE

I heard the news as I drove my daughter, Amalia, to school. Matthew Shepard died in the ICU, 6 days after being left beaten on a fence post.  I watched her run out of the car embracing her first-grade friends with childish glee. Chicago Public School classmates of all different ethnicities, backgrounds, families, and traditions. I knew that Matthew’s murder was not an aberration, but it was particularly brutal and traumatic.

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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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Nov 21, 2014

Host a House Party to benefit the Alliance!

Seeking an alternative way to support the Alliance? House parties or cultivation events can be formal or informal gatherings of your  friends, family or business associates that allow you to introduce them to the mission of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.

Nov 21, 2014

Addressing LGBT Homelessness and Housing Discrimination through Federal Policy

The impact of housing discrimination on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is devastating and accounts for increased in-stances of homelessness and housing insecurity and lower homeownership rates in the LGBT community. Many LGBT youth are kicked out of their homes or leave because of lack of family acceptance of their LGBT identities.

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

Premiered at the 2014 Alliance Brunch.

On Sunday, October 5, the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Allia