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1.) Minutes from March Safe Schools Coalition Meeting, next public meeting, and Email Lists HELP NEEDED
2.) IMPORTANT: GLSEN Washington April 20 State Summit Canceled!
3.) ACTION ALERT from GLSEN: This Friday is 18th annual Day of Silence
4.) NEWS: Pioneer in LGBT Health and Mental Health Honored by American Psychiatric Association
5.) NEWS: Gender Dysphoria Replaces GID in the DSM-5
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1.) Minutes from March Safe Schools Coalition Meeting, next public meeting, and Email Lists HELP NEEDED 


The March Safe Schools Coalition meeting minutes are posted now here in PDF format:


NOTE: There will not be a public meeting tomorrow, April 16th, 2013 because the Coalition's leadership team is having a working retreat that day at a different location.

The next public meetings are:
Tuesday, May 121st, 2013, 3-5 pm Pacific Time.
Tuesday, June 18th, 2013, 3-5 pm Pacific Time.   

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2.) IMPORTANT: GLSEN Washington April 20 State Summit Canceled! 
Subject: Urgent: State Summit Canceled!
Date:     Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:55:02 +0000
From:    GLSEN Washington State

Dear GLSEN Washington Supporters,

We are sorry to announce that the Statewide Summit that was scheduled for this Saturday the 20th at Central Washington University has been cancelled due to low registration.

We are committed to our events remaining free for students.  However, in order for an event to be successful we rely on prompt RSVPs to assist us in accurately scheduling and planning for our events.  Unfortunately it did not appear that an event was feasible at this time.

The good news is that we plan to hold a similar conference in the fall.  Please look for our emails and check our Facebook page for more information.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this cancellation may cause.


Note: GLSEN Washington is a member organization of Safe Schools Coalition

3.) ACTION ALERT from GLSEN: This Friday is 18th annual Day of Silence
What will you do to end the silence?

This Friday, hundreds of thousands of brave students will join together in silence for GLSEN's 18th annual Day of Silence, one of the largest student-led actions in the world.

Students and supporters remain silent in an effort to call attention to the "silencing" effect of anti-LGBT bullying, bias and discrimination. But not everyone understands the message of safety and respect that GLSEN's Day of Silence promotes.

Anti-LGBT extremist Linda Harvey and others on the fringe are encouraging parents to make their children skip school on Friday rather than experience a message of inclusion and respect for all.

It's an outrageous response that's even more offensive when you consider that 30% of LGBT students miss school each month because they do not feel safe.

We need your help to make sure that Day of Silence participants know they have the support of all of us who believe in safe and affirming schools. Here are five things you can do right now to help drown out the voices of those who oppose GLSEN's Day of Silence.
Harvey and those of a similar mindset are contributing to the hostile school climate that far too many LGBT youth experience every day. Won't you help us fight back?

Eliza Byard, PhD
Executive Director

4.) NEWS: Pioneer in LGBT Health and Mental Health Honored by American Psychiatric Association
Safe Schools Coalition sends congratulations to our friend Caitlin Ryan!

Pioneer in LGBT Health and Mental Health Honored by American Psychiatric Association


Contact: Cathy Renna, 917-757-6123,

Pioneer in LGBT Health and Mental Health Honored by American Psychiatric Association Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW Receives APA Award for Major Contributions to LGBT Mental Health

San Francisco, CA, April 3, 2013....Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW, a pioneer in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health and mental health will receive the John E. Fryer Award from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at their annual meeting on May 18, 2013 for major contributions to the mental health and well-being of LGBT people. The award is presented by the APA in association with the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists and given in honor of Dr. John Fryer, a gay psychiatrist who played a crucial role in prompting the American Psychiatric Association to review the scientific data and to remove homosexuality from the APA's diagnostic list of mental disorders in 1973.

A clinical social worker, researcher and policy expert, Dr. Ryan's groundbreaking contributions to LGBT health and mental health have spanned nearly 40 years through early community development, program implementation, research, policy and systems change. Dr. Ryan received her clinical training with children, adolescents and adults in inpatient psychiatric and community mental health programs. Dr. Ryan has an undergraduate degree with a concentration in human sexuality from Hunter College, a master's degree in clinical social work from Smith College School for Social Work, and a doctorate in public policy with a focus on health policy from Virginia Commonwealth University. She directs the Family Acceptance Project at SF State University.

Prior to the AIDS epidemic in the 1970s, her early organizing activities helped establish a national network of LGBT health and mental health providers throughout the United States that provided a platform to address critical LGBT health, mental health and AIDS-related issues. Dr. Ryan pioneered community-based AIDS services at the beginning of the epidemic; initiated the first major study to identify lesbian health needs in the late1970s and early 1980s; and has worked to implement quality care, evidence-based practice and family-related services for LGBT youth since the early 1990s.

Recognizing that the approach to serving LGBT adolescents focused either on individual or peer support, and that research and practice had not included families - who play a critical role in the health and well-being of children and adolescents, overall - Dr. Ryan launched the Family Acceptance Project in 2002 to study LGBT adolescents in the context of their families, culture and faith communities and to develop the first evidence-based family intervention model to promote healthy futures for LGBT children and youth.

After publishing seminal research that established the essential role that families play in the health and well-being of their LGBT children, Dr. Ryan and her team from the Family Acceptance Project at SF State University have been developing evidence-based family education resources and intervention approaches to help ethnically and religiously diverse families support their LGBT children to prevent health and mental health risks, placement in custodial care and homelessness and to promote well-being. These include the first "Best Practice" resources for suicide prevention for LGBT youth and young adults designated by the national Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention, and published in multi-lingual and faith-based versions.

Dr. Ryan's work has helped guide the delivery of care for LGBT populations through foundational policy and practice guidelines. These include co-authoring the first guidelines on AIDS policy for members of Congress, state and local officials that provided the framework for more than half of the recommendations for the first U.S. Presidential Commission on AIDS; co-authoring the first clinical care guidelines and the first guide to health and mental health care for LGBT youth for the Heath Resources and Services Administration; and co-authoring the first guidelines for care of LGBT out-of-home youth published by the Child Welfare League of America and disseminated to child welfare systems across the country.

Dr. Ryan's work has been recognized by all of the major mental health professional associations, including the American Counseling Association's Counselors for Social Justice, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Psychological Association's Division 44 which awarded her the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award; and many other professional and community organizations and groups.

Dr. Ryan served as a member of the Committee on LGBT Health for the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences and the LGBT Populations Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. She trains on her work across the U.S. and internationally. And she is collaborating with agencies, organizations, faith communities and providers to develop an international movement of family acceptance to promote wellness and healthy futures for LGBT children, youth and young adults.

About the Family Acceptance Project

The Family Acceptance Project is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that is designed to: 1) decrease health and mental health risks and promote well-being for LGBT children and adolescents; 2) strengthen and help ethnically and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children; 3) help LGBT youth stay in their homes to prevent homelessness and the need for custodial care in the foster care and juvenile justice systems; 4) inform public policy and family policy; and 5) develop a new evidence-based, family model of wellness, prevention, and care for LGBT children and youth. For more information, please visit:


5.) NEWS: Gender Dysphoria Replaces GID in the DSM-5
New Gender Dysphoria Criteria Replace GID
by Mark Moran, American Psychiatric Association   |  Psychiatric News   |   April 05, 2013   |  Volume 48 Number 7 page 9-14

"New criteria for gender dysphoria will emphasize the individual's felt sense of "incongruence" with natal gender, rather than cross-gender behavior. This article is part of a series on the differences between DSM-IV and DSM-5. The series will run through May, when the manual will be published.

"Gender dysphoria is a new diagnostic class in DSM-5-and a chapter unto itself-replacing the DSM-IV diagnosis of gender identity disorder and reflecting a new conceptualization of individuals who seek treatment for problems related to gender."

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