Are you looking for a fun and easy way to raise money for your Gay Straight Alliance? Or perhaps you are looking for a way to support Gay Straight Alliances or other LGBTQ youth organizing efforts across the state of Illinois. For these and so many other reasons, we hope you will join the Alliance for the 4th annual Bowl-A-Thon. New this year is the opportunity to participate in Chicago, Champaign/Urbana, AND Peoria!

Governor Rauner, in his inaugural address, said that schools were his priority, that he wants Illinois to be a state where “children are inspired by their schools”.  It is hard to be inspired at school when you’re subjected to harassment, intimidation and discrimination. It is for those reasons that we are disappointed that Governor Rauner has nominated Reverend James Meeks to lead the Illinois State Board of Education.  

SOGI brought in experts from nationally recognized organization including the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. Michelle Jett and Lawrence Carter talked about the importance of laying the proper groundwork before diving in to starting a GSA. They also talked about how a Gay Straight Alliance could change the culture of a community to make it a more welcoming place for all students. Read the rest of the article HERE

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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.

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

The Alliance at The SOGI in Education Conference

SOGI brought in experts from nationally recognized organization including the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. Michelle Jett and Lawrence Carter talked about the importance of laying the proper groundwork before diving in to starting a GSA. They also talked about how a Gay Straight Alliance could change the culture of a community to make it a more welcoming place for all students. Read the rest of the article HERE

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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.

Feb 18, 2015

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

Videos to Inspire

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