The purpose of the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition (GSSC, Inc.) is to eliminate LGBTQ oppression in Georgia schools. We educate and advocate on issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students and families. GSSC works to address the intersections among various systems of oppression, understanding that one cannot eradicate transprejudice and heterosexism without simultaneously working to end all forms of injustice. By serving as a resource for Georgia students, educators, and families, we strive to engender positive social growth among Georgia’s youth and to foster a safe and affirming school climate for all. GSSC was founded in 2009.


Who We Are

Georgia Safe Schools Coalition is a partnership of educators, community organizations, and safe school activists dedicated to raising awareness about issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth and families. GSSC works with educators and community organizations to help Georgia’s schools become safe and affirming environments for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/ expression. We do this by:

  • Providing training, support, and resources to Georgia schools, counselors, administration, faculty and staff
  • Raising awareness among families, parents and members of the community
  • Providing resources to help support safer, more affirming schools at the local, district, and state level
  • Consulting with schools and personnel in developing safer, more positive school climates
  • Offering support and resources to Gay-Straight Alliances

Board of Directors

Mr. Jesse McNulty, President
Tonie Smith
Tonie Smith
Sarah Meng
Dr. Ken Jackson
Em and Reese
Em Elliott

Jeannie Senter
Jeannie Senter
Rian Emrick, Treasurer

Consultants to the Board

Dr. Anneliese A. Singh

Holiday Simmons
Maru Gonzalez Caitlin Petrakis Childs

Special Friends

jillian ford headshotJillian Ford Mara Collins
Dr. Matthew K. Robison Alexandra Hicks

Partner Organizations within GSSC

GEhighresLogo-Al Georgia Equality – Advancing Fairness, Safety, and Opportunity for Georgia’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally Communities. Georgia Equality is the only state-wide LGBTQ political advocacy organization in the state, working on issues such as workplace protection, anti-bullying policies, HIV/AIDS, Relationship Recognition, supporting and electing openly LGBT officials, and increasing community education and awareness throughout the state.

lambda legal logoLambda Legal – Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

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PFLAGPFLAG is a national support, education and advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their families, friends and allies. With 200,000 members and supporters, and local affiliates in more than 500 communities across the U.S. and abroad, PFLAG is the largest grassroots-based family organization of its kind.

PFLAG is a non-profit organization and is not affiliated with any religious or political institutions. PFLAG – Promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families, and friends through support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.

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Real Youth AtlantaA nonprofit in Atlanta that provides those ages 13-25 a safe space to be themselves. We foster a positive environment for LGBTQ youth and allies.