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GSSC, Inc is now a 501c3 public Charity !

April 11th, 2016

We just received a letter from the IRS, GSSC, Inc. is now a 501(c)(3) public charity !

The effective date is(was) Oct 7, 2015, so anything donated after that date is deductible.

Georgia GSA Summit THIS Saturday!

February 23rd, 2016

Calling All Queer, Trans, Rebels, Artists, Allies and Activist young people in Georgia!

The Georgia Safe Schools Coalition is proud to host the 6th annual GSA Summit and welcome you all to a day of queer bonding and growth and community!

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We can’t wait to see you at the GSA Summit this weekend! And if you haven’t registered yet don’t worry, there’s still time! Click here to sign up for free and spread the word to other queer and trans young people. We need to have everyone in our community to thrive!

This year we have lined up an amazing program for y’all that we’re really excited to share! Along with the workshops we are also offering three free meals, a resource fair with local organizations, and a FABULOUS Talent Show that is always the finale of our Summit! You can email (Enable Javascript to see the email address) to join the Talent Show or register on site.


Here are the workshops you can look forward to this Saturday!

Artful Activism for the Queer-minded
Explore social justice and declare your views as we talk about intersections of oppression and create visual art. Participants will be invited to display their artful activism at the GSA Summit Talent Show.

Ask Questions of Affirming Parents
For youth only! A panel of affirming parents will answer questions that are hard for you to ask your own parents. The panel will be introduced & then the floor will be open for questions.

Healing Space for Queer and Trans* Youth of Color
Join a safer space for queer and trans* youth of color to address mental health & emotional wellness, as well as examine shame as a second layer of pain. An art session will build healing & self-expression.

Let’s Talk Sex! Communication, Boundaries, and Consent
Navigating sex is complicated. Come learn how to communicate, set boundaries, and center enthusiastic consent in ways that empower and respect our bodies and sexualities.

Unpacking the Mainstream Conversation: Sexuality and Religion
Many images and thoughts come to mind when we think about religion and sexuality. Join a discussion about those ideas, how our assumptions are shaped, what resources may helpful, reflect on our experiences, and develop an action plan to ally religion and LGBTQ communities.

Starting a GSA with GLSEN Atlanta
There are lots of challenges for starting a GSA, especially in the South. Let’s talk about those challenges and resources that can help. We will also work with you on issues you’re facing on your campus.

Maintaining your GSA with GLSEN Atlanta
So you started a GSA. Now what? Let’s discuss maintaining your GSA, attracting new members, engaging activities, fundraising ideas, and a new GLSEN Atlanta GSA Curriculum developed by student leaders.

Unwriting Gender: Building a Revolution
While mainstream visibility of trans and gender non-conforming folks is steadily increasing, it has yet to acknowledge or make space for the ever-expanding ways in which people “show up” in their gender. This workshop will cover concepts surrounding the social construction of sex and gender, pop culture, and the million plus ways queer & trans folks challenge and explode the gender binary.

Push Back Against the School to Prison Pipeline!
Talk with a local organizer from Gwinnett SToPP and learn how to push back against the school to prison pipeline, a system funneling students toward incarceration instead of graduation. Share your story & advocate!

Writing Yourself Into the World: Storytelling for Social Justice
Elizabeth Anderson of Charis Books & Charis Circle, the nation’s oldest feminist bookstore, will guide participants writing about the important stories in their lives as LGBTQIA people and how to best express those stories to create change. Open to all experience levels.

Understanding your Body as a Site of Liberation
The human body is a miracle of nature, but what happens when we impose the gender binary system on this complexity and what are implications for folks who are intersex? Come share, write, create & hold space for us to collectively work out our gender stuff.

WE ARE AWESOME: On continuing to love & support ourselves & each other
Join a collaborative conversation about all the things we currently do, want to do, or want to do better if we’re having a rough time, including ways we can be there and show up for others in our community who may be struggling. We are all in this together so this will be an interactive discussion where we can learn more from each other about different ways we each may cope when feelings of sadness, anxiety, dysphoria, and different forms of oppression (among other kinds of feels) creep into our lives.

 

Sessions for GSA Advisors, Counselors, Teachers and Parent/Guardians

Maintaining your GSA with GLSEN Atlanta
So you started a GSA. Now what? Let’s discuss maintaining your GSA, attracting new members, engaging activities, fundraising ideas and a new GLSEN Atlanta GSA Curriculum developed by student leaders.

Questions Parents/Guardians Ask Counselors: Part A
How can I be supportive of my LGBTQ child/family member when I need support myself? Chat with a school counselor about the questions family members often ask. Topics include LGBTQ 101, school safety, and the role of family members in “coming out.”

Questions Parents/Guardians Ask Counselors: Part B
How can I be supportive of my LGBTQ child/family member when I need support myself? Chat with a school counselor about the questions family members often ask. Topics include sex and dating, mental health, and college considerations.

Starting a GSA with GLSEN Atlanta
There are lots of challenges for starting a GSA, especially in the South. Let’s talk about how to build allies and utilize available resources, such as materials from GLSEN.  We will work with you on the challenges you are facing.

‘What our kids need and what we need!’
Session for parents, counselors and GSA advisors. Lower Evans. Come chat with us during lunch!

We look forward to seeing you at the Summit!

Agnes Scott College 
141 East College Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 6:15 PM (EST)

Free parking is available in the deck on South McDonoughStreet.

Check in and all meals will be in Evans Dining Hall.

Georgia GSA Youth Summit Registration Now OPEN!

October 9th, 2015

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Register to Now! February 27th at Agnes Scott College

The 2016 Georgia GSA Youth Summit will run from 9:00 am-6:15 pm, and will offer education, entertainment, breakout sessions, advocacy, and new friendships. There will be a talent show from 3:00 pm-6:15 pm.

Click Here to Register! Free for all youth attendees!

If you are looking for an LGBTQ friendly place to stay near the summit, we encourage you to make reservations at the Courtyard by Marriott in Decatur.  You can access their webpage at http://www.courtyarddecatur.com

RESOURCE FAIR

There was also a Resource Fair of LGBTQ organizations and supports groups to share info.

Many colleges had tables sharing about their school and the GSA community there.

For many high school students, this was a key resource!

Join us at Atlanta Pride: Queer and Trans Youth Liberation Space

September 28th, 2015

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An affirming space where young LGBTQIQ people ages 14-25 can hang out and relax during

Atlanta Pride Weekend

Join us at the Piedmont Park Dock by the 12th Street entrance. The event is FREE and we will have various activities such as yard games, chill space, sign making, etc. There will be free snacks and water while supplies last.

Dates of event: October 10 and 11, 2015
Times of the event: 11:00 am-5:00 pm (Sat, Oct 10) and 2:00-6:00 pm (Sun, Oct 11)

Location of event: Piedmont Park Dock (access from the 12th St and Piedmont park entrance)
Dates of event: October 10 and 11, 2015
Times of the event: 11:00 am-5:00 pm (Sat, Oct 10) and 2:00-6:00 pm (Sun, Oct 11)
Cost to attend event: Free

Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
11:00 am Anti-LGBTQ School Bullying: Live Talk with School Counselors
12:00 pm Building a Queer and Trans Community Who Love and Support You
1:00 pm Youth Activism 101
2:00 pm Starting and Maintaining a Strong GSA
Parent Talk: How to Advocate for LGBTQ Youth
3:00 pm Everything You Wanted to Know about Applying to College
4:00 pm Black Lives Matter! Fierce Youth Activists and Allies Unite!

Sunday
2:00 pm Everything You Wanted to Know about Applying to College
3:00 pm Starting and Maintaining a Strong GSA
Parent Talk: How to Advocate for LGBTQ Youth
4:00 pm Youth Activism 101
Anti-LGBTQ School Bullying: Live Talk with School Counselors
5:00 pm Black Lives Matter! Fierce Youth Activists and Allies Unite!

Check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/270365489826176/

Trans Liberation is for Everybody

May 25th, 2015

Don’t Forget – GSSC Offers Trainings!

May 14th, 2015

Request a training for your school or organization! If you would like LGBTQQIA cultural competency training or safe zone training we’ve got you covered. Please fill out this training request form!

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Become a Speaker for LGBTQQIA Trainings!

October 16th, 2014

The Georgia Safe Schools Coalition is a group of teachers, parents, students and community organizers and one important service we offer is Safe Zone training for Georgia schools. We need more volunteers to become GSSC Safe Zone trainers in order to meet the huge need out there!

At this training you will learn how to be a speaker at LGBTQQIA Safe Zone trainings. It is a “Train the Trainer” opportunity – free of charge!  Come to this training and see if being a GSSC Trainer is something you would like to do. GSSC Train trainers flyer 2014

Topics will include:

  • GSSC history and mission
  • Georgia statistics
  • LGBTQQIA Language 101
  • Transgender, Gender-Variant, and Gender Non-Conforming
  • Commonalities among students
  • Georgia School Policies
  • Advocating for LGBTQQIA students
  • Activities for reaching people
  • Practical Steps for presenting
  • Risk-taking and Self-Care for advocates

Follow this link to register for Train-the-Trainers!

Have questions about Train the Trainer Workshop? Contact us!
And don’t forget, the GSA 2015 Summit (Feb 7, 2015) registration page is now open!

 

Join Us at Atlanta Pride!

October 8th, 2014

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An affirming space where young LGBTQIQ people ages 14-25 can hang out and relax during

Atlanta Pride Weekend

Join us at the Piedmont Park Dock by the 12th Street entrance. The event is FREE and we will have various activities such as yard games, chill space, sign making, etc. There will be free snacks and water while supplies last.

  • The Queer Youth Council will host our space on Saturday October 11 from 10a.m. -5p.m.
  • Real Youth will host our space on Sunday October 12 from 2p.m.-6p.m.

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For more questions send an email to:

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 Atlanta Pride Parade

In addition to the Youth Liberation Space at Pride, the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition is being honored as one of the marshals for the parade on Sunday. We invite you to march with us.  If you can march, below are the directions we received.

12 Noon-3:30 p.m.October 12, 2014
Assembly area near Civic Center MARTA Station
Please arrive to the parade assembly area no later than 12:15 p.m. and don’t forget to allow for traffic and crowded MARTA vehicles since the route will begin filling up with spectators around 12 Noon. The parade begins at 1:00 p.m. SHARP, so we don’t want any of our honored guests being left behind.
·      Your parade placement is located on our website ( http://atlantapride.org/pride/parade/participants/ ). All Grand Marshals and Honorary Grand Marshals will be mixed in among our sponsors but you will turn into the parade assembly area at the intersection of Ralph McGill Boulevard and Courtland (please see the attached map). Our Parade Committee will direct you to your convertible and will help the organization walking behind your car find you (if applicable).
·      You should be through the entire parade route by 3:00 p.m., but we want to allow for a buffer. The parade concludes at the Charles Allen Gate into Piedmont Park on 10th Street.

Georgia GSA Youth Summit Registration Now OPEN!

Save the Date! February 7th at Agnes Scott College

The 2015 Georgia GSA Youth Summit will run from 8:00am-6:00pm, and will offer education, entertainment, breakout sessions, advocacy, and new friendships. After dinner, there will be a social/talent show from 8:00pm-9:30pm.

Click Here to Register! Free for all youth attendees!

If you are looking for an LGBTQ friendly place to stay near the summit, we encourage you to make reservations at the Courtyard by Marriott in Decatur.  You can access their webpage at http://www.courtyarddecatur.com

RESOURCE FAIR

There was also a Resource Fair of LGBTQ organizations and supports groups to share info. Many colleges had tables sharing about their school and the GSA community there. For many high school students, this was a key resource!

Have questions about 2015 Georgia GSA Youth Summit? Contact Georgia Safe Schools Coalition

Push Back Against School Push Out!

October 1st, 2014

This year the Georgia Partners of the Dignity in Schools Campaign will host two events in conjunction with the National Week of Action Against School Pushout. This week long campaign is designed to bring attention and awareness to the school to prison pipeline which is funneling students into the criminal justice system.

School Pushout = school policies, practices and procedures that make it more likely for students to leave school instead of finish it. 

These policies are much more likely to impact LGBTQ students, students of color, immigrant students, and students with disabilities.  Students who get pushed out are more likely to end up in jail or juvenile detention.

JOIN US as we march and shine a light on the secret world of school pushout and the school to prison pipeline! The rally following the march is about the importance of artistic expression and the role of the community as a catalyst for change.

Want to perform at the rally and share your story? Click Here

The event will include food, poetry slams, musicians, and local area businesses and organizations dedicated to making public education a positive experience. Students with personal school discipline or pushout experience are invited to perform and share their experience through music, art, poetry or dance.

March & Rally Against School Pushout
The Casey Foundation University Avenue Site
352 University Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30310

October 4th, 2014
2:00 – 5:00 PM

Interested in performing? Click Here or contact (Enable Javascript to see the email address)


School Discipline Legal Workshop

The following Saturday, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School will offer a free legal workshop regarding school discipline at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett. The first session will discuss education law in general, followed by a half hour mini-workshop around recent changes to the juvenile justice code. The last 45 minutes will be dedicated to question and answers so that parents and students can get information more specific to their individual case. This is a great opportunity to learn your rights as a parent and your rights as students when faced with zero tolerance policies and life-changing discipline issues.

School Discipline Legal Workshop
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett
12 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville.

October 11th, 2014
10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Contact (Enable Javascript to see the email address) or visit gwinnettstopp.org.

The Dignity in Schools Campaign is a national organization dedicated to ending the school to prison pipeline. Their partners in Georgia for the Week of Action include Gwinnett SToPP, Georgia Equality, Georgia Safe Schools Coalition, Gwinnett Human Relations Commission, Interfaith Children’s Movement, the ACLU of Georgia, and Lambda Legal.

Georgia’s Own Queer Youth – Their Experience of QYLTS Camp

September 9th, 2014

By Jessica Fisher and Kalli E.

The Queer Youth Leading The South (QYLTS) Camp convened on Wednesday, July 16th on  a cool, bright day in Georgia. The welcome mat rolled out for young people from seven southern states going from Florida to Mississippi, with even a couple guests from California.

The camp was held on the beautiful campus of Agnes Scott College, a private liberal arts women’s college in Decatur, Georgia.

The sense of community was felt almost instantly, as youth were showed to their dorms and settled into the space for the next three days.

The first evening included discussions on conflict management and a Trans Justice Workshop.

It was powerful to have the Trans Justice Workshop the first night, as language around gender identity is often the most necessary tool used by people to address their gender confusion. We were able to see that on the first night of QYLTS camp, as two youths, one from California and one from here in Georgia, expressed an interest to go by different pronouns and/or names, in an effort to explore their gender identity and to address their gender confusion. For some it was their first time in a safe space where they could explore their gender identity without fear or backlash.

And, as one Georgian trans youth put it, it was nice to not be the only trans person in the room.

The end of the first evening came way too quickly. Lots of us youth were tired and ready to sleep, but wanted to stay up and socialize, to meet the new people from across the country. Four days was too short a time to spend in such great company.

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