On October 9th, the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance and our wonderful community partners are cultivating a day-long gathering of students, parents, PreK-12 teachers and administrators, lawyers, healthcare professionals, and advocates to share skills and clarify shared goals for the work of the safe schools movement in the months and years ahead.

For workshop descriptions click HERE.

India Murphy

One of our storytellers is India, an Alliance Youth Committee member, who thoughtfully takes us through their Alliance journey, and how they found allies, friends and mentors through their time here. 

Abe Akande

Listen to Abe Akande tell their Alliance story. Abe won the Activist of the Year in 2012 and their story is sure to inspire others! 

Abe was involved in all Youth Committee activities and attended several Alliance youth programming events. 

Ellen Ljung

Listen to one of our former boardmembers speak about her experience with establishing a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) in the 1990's, as well as the key support that the Alliance provides to LGBTQ and allied youth in schools across Illinois. Support our campaign, and donate through the button above, or through our Fundly page! You too can help make schools more welcoming, safe and inclusive for LGBTQ youth! 



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 identit

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

News and Events

Oct 10, 2016

More than 27% of students in Illinois Pre-K-12 schools are in a gender inclusive environment with clear policies, procedures, and practices that ensure access to education in accordance with gender identity. 

Videos to Inspire

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