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SSC Training, GLSEN Safe Schools Advocacy Summit, SSC Featured in Beyond The Bridge Newsletter; New National Trans Funding Opportunity
Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends: 
1.) IMPORTANT: Safe Schools Coalition Training:: RESCHEDULE:: February 9, 2013 in Seattle
2.) Reminder - Apply for GLSEN's Safe Schools Advocacy Summit - Applications are due on January 28th
3.) Safe Schools Coalition Featured in Today's Beyond The Bridge (Seattle, WA) Newsletter
4.) New National Funding Opportunity Through the Trans Justice Funding Project
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1.) IMPORTANT: Safe Schools Coalition Training:: RESCHEDULE:: February 9, 2013 in Seattle

From: Katrina Pestano <>   

The Safe School Coalition trainings has been rescheduled forSaturday, February 9, 2013.

It will be held at Beacon Hill Public Library, 2821 Beacon Avenue South in Seattle.

Clock hours available. Space is limited.
Please forward to your contacts.
Thank you.

LGBTQ Bullying and Harassment: Prevention and Intervention
Explore case studies of anti-LGBTQ bullying, harassment and intimidation and practice strategies for recognizing it.
Share skills of intervention and develop prevention strategies. Know school-related law and policy regarding LGBTQ issues.

Intersections: LGBTQ Youth of Color and Immigrant Youth
Examine approaches for supporting LGBTQ youth of color and/or LGBTQ immigrant youth.
Critically examine homophobia and/or transphobia in popular culture and learn strategies of using popular culture to discuss these issues.


2.) Reminder - Apply for GLSEN's Safe Schools Advocacy Summit - Applications are due on January 28th
Reminder - Apply for GLSEN's Safe Schools Advocacy Summit

There are only a few days left to apply for GLSEN's Safe Schools Advocacy Summit (SSAS)!

GLSEN is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our annual Safe Schools Advocacy Summit, a four-day event in Washington, D.C. where participants (students and non-students alike) learn about bullying and harassment and the legislative and political efforts underway to make schools safer environments for all.

Participants will work with GLSEN national staff, learn how to become effective advocates on the issue, and lobby their Congressional representatives on the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act.

Approximately 40 participants are selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, with increased consideration for applicants from key Congressional districts and states. Participants remain connected with GLSEN after the event and participate in ongoing policy actions throughout the year.

The conference is free (including travel, meals, and accommodation costs) for all selected participants and will take place March 2nd-5th, 2013. If you happen to know anyone who would be interested in applying, please direct them to the link below:

Applications are due on January 28th.  Feel free to contact Nathan Smith at with any questions.

3.) Safe Schools Coalition Featured in Today's Beyond The Bridge (Seattle, WA) Newsletter
Today's Beyond The Bridge newsletter begins:

What would it mean to stand on the first page of the end of despair?

The quote above comes from one of our favorite authors and social justice visionaries, Adrienne Rich, who passed away in 2012. What does the first page of the end of despair look like? We would like to introduce you to several local organizations who are writing that page, who are changing despair into hope. These are the organizations that received grants from us in 2011, our first year of fundraising, and completed their projects in 2012. Their work inspires us and we hope it will inspire you, too.

The first organization is Safe Schools Coalition, and the project entitled "Stop Bullying Me." Since 1993 SSC has been working to help schools become safer places for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Middle School Anti-Bullying Project was supported by funds from Beyond the Bridge, the Turnstone Fund at Seattle Foundation, and the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. Artist Cody Blomberg, pictured at the top of this message, produced a series of sketches collectively called "Stop Bullying Me." He used the iconic school image of the backpack to depict the pain experienced by bullied LGBTQ youth as well as the positive ways that people can intervene.

See the entire article in the Beyond The Bridge newsletter online which includes two images of Cody Blomberg's artwork for the project here:
The mission of Beyond the Bridge is to foster a safer, more accepting community in which all youth can survive and thrive regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.  Our goal is to create more affirming spaces for LGBTQ youth in their families, schools, and places of worship.  Through public education and community events we raise awareness of the challenges facing queer youth, and bring a needed LGBTQ and straight ally voice to local suicide prevention efforts.  Through fundraising and grantmaking we support local projects and organizations that are working to decrease factors contributing to LGBTQ youth suicide risk, including bullying, family rejection, homelessness, homophobia, transphobia, and messages of intolerance from faith communities.  Website:

4.) New National Funding Opportunity Through the Trans Justice Funding Project
Are you a grassroots group in the U.S. working for trans justice?

If you answered yes, please continue reading this message and consider applying for a grant from the Trans Justice Funding Project!
The TJFP is a community-led giving initiative to support grassroots organizing for trans justice. We have an amazing panel of seven activists from across the country who will meet in March to give away $50,000. And we have a simple application online right now that hopefully won't take too much of your time to fill out. The deadline to apply is February 15th by midnight, eastern standard time.

What We Fund:
*Groups, projects and organizations across the U.S. from rural areas to big cities
*Groups that have 501c3 status or fiscal sponsorship
*Groups that don't have 501c3 status or fiscal sponsorship
*Established organizations
*Groups that are just getting started

What we don't fund:
*Groups outside the U.S.


We are committed to supporting groups that:
*Are run by and for trans communities.
*Support and encourage trans leadership.
*Are guided by a commitment to trans justice and anti-oppression work.
*Center the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions.
*Collaborate with other local groups and think of themselves as part of a bigger picture of trans-led work that seeks dignity and justice for all people.
*Are meeting the needs of different local communities and using organizing and/or providing services to help bring people together.

Visit us at for more information and the application.

 A Spanish version of the application is also available online. If you need the application translated into another language or have any accessibility needs, let us know and we will do our best to meet them. Just email us at We are committed to making this process as accessible and transparent as possible!

In Solidarity,
Gabriel Foster and Karen Pittelman, co-organizers


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