“Last week’s seminar was phenomenal! I learned so much about the LGBTQ community. Mostly I took away ways to address students in my classroom. I want to be an open door for all my students! I also learned ways to address student’s with LGBTQ families. I am very excited for my hopefully diverse classroom and the opportunity to use the things I learned at the seminar in my classroom.”

“I can honestly say that I learned a lot. There were a lot of things that I already knew concerning the LGBTQ community but there was even more that I didn’t know. I have never pictured being in a classroom where some families would be made up of two dads or two moms, I guess I was still in the mindset of a family consisting of a mom and dad, guess it’s time for me to get up to date. Overall the seminar was very interesting and the things that I learned at the seminar I plan to take that information and knowledge to my classroom and apply it appropriately!”

“Of all weeks for us to not have class! Which may have honestly been a good thing, because after last week’s reading, I was fairly fired up. However, I loved every minute of the Seminar! I was so impressed by the “list the five things that are most important to you” activity. It was so accurate and eye opening. May or may not be a copycat and use it in the future. And, let me just say, it broke my heart watching another student stand in front of 50+ people and tell his coming out story; how his mom disowned him and how he is no longer allowed to see his little sister. I literally had to hold back tears (and the urge to run up and hug him). I can’t believe people are still that ignorant! On the bright side, I’m glad I even got the chance to attend a seminar on such a controversial topic. I’m still not entirely used to this “not living in a small town packed with narrow minded people” thing. It’s awesome!”

“I found the seminar on Friday very interesting and enlightening because I consider myself unaware, and sometimes even ignorant, about this particular topic. I came to the realization that there are more and more people each day, especially school-aged kids that identify themselves as LGBTQ. While reading the statistics in this week’s reading, and also hearing what the lecturer had to say in the seminar, I was more than shocked to learn about the number of LGBTQ kids that face bullying and abuse in schools. I believe that someone’s sexual orientation does not make them a better or worse person than someone else, and there is no doubt that these students deserve the same level of protection, security, and acceptance that any other group of kids gets in school. I think more schools should support LGBTQ students and they can do this by encouraging organizations such as the gay-straight alliance.”

“I really enjoyed this seminar. It was all about giving us information on the subject. I really enjoyed hearing the story from Josh about his life as a closeted gay. I has to be so hard to live your life without being able to be who you want to be. I could not do that, and he is such a strong person for doing that most of his life.  I would never want my children to be treated the why his mother and father treated him. Just because you are gay doesn’t mean you are a bad person. I learned a lot from this seminar.”

“I loved the seminar this Friday! Dr. Ken Jackson was awesome. I liked how he said that in any other profession who we are as a person would not matter in another profession. Dr. Jackson could not have said it any better. I want to be that teacher who provides a child a safe place if it is needed. I loved it. I hope that it provided a different perspective for everyone and but a face of LGBTQ to our cohort. It is like Dr. Jackson said the best way to deal with an issue you are uncomfortable with is meeting someone because everyone is human.”

“Thank you so much for making a wonderful presentation at the GSCA Region II Meeting. The information you presented was absolutely needed for our counselors. You opened so many eyes to how we can be more supportive to our students perceived as LGBTQ and even help other to be more accepting. I am forever grateful to your organization and you as people. I look forward to working with you again in the future.”

“On behalf of the 2012 GSA planning committee and youth all across our state, I want to thank you for your contribution, effort, energy and dedication to making the 2012 GSA Summit possible. Hundreds of youth attended this year’s summit and energized themselves to continue and start doing this important work of making our schools more inclusive for ALL youth! Again, we appreciate all you do to make our state better.”

“A dozen thanks for how good our session was yesterday – informative, instructive, encouraging, motivating. I want you each to know how we appreciate you and your work. It’s long, tedious, frustrating but effective and worth the dedication.”

“Just a short note of thank you for helping support our anti-bullying of LGBT students. I pray that this is just the start of both awareness and activity in support of all who might be at risk. I appreciate your time and support and hope we can work together in the future.”