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1.) National Safe Schools Rountable (NSSR) Convening - November 20-22 in Portland, OR
2.) Tips for Talking to Children About Marriage Equality
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1.) Join the 2013 National Safe Schools Rountable (NSSR) Convening - November 20-22, 2013 - Portland, Oregon

The National Safe Schools Rountable (NSSR) steering committee is thrilled to announce the 2013 convening in Portland, Oregon.

Applications are live for the 2013 convening in Portland, Oregon, and are available for download at

Please note that applications are due by July 23, 2013 because of a special opportunity for additional travel stipends.

The 2013 convening will explore a theme of educational justice, focusing on the overlap the LGBTQ safe schools movement has with those working in schools to address issues related to gender identity, racial equity, juvenile justice, and disparities based on immigration or economic status.

Over the three-day convening, you can learn with other community organizers, advocates, educators, and researchers about many topics including: building new partnerships within the educational justice movement; strategies for advocating for best practices concerning gender-identity; and the latest public polling and communications tools for the LGBTQ safe schools movement.

Please feel free to reach out out to me with any additional questions. Looking forward to seeing you in Portland!

Ryan Schwartz
National Safe Schools Roundtable


The National Safe Schools Roundtable (NSSR) is a coalition of people and organizations from across the United States who are substantively involved, on a professional and/or volunteer basis, in making schools safe and welcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth.

The mission of the NSSR is to enhance the effectiveness of the LGBTQ safe schools movement nationwide.

Supported by an annual in-person convening, NSSR works to:
  • Facilitate the communication, coordination and collaboration of organizations engaged in safe schools work nationwide;
  • Educate funders on the depth and breadth of the safe schools movement in order to maximize their investment in the sector; and
  • Build bridges with other organizations not currently engaged in LGBTQ safe schools work, including those who work toward civil and human rights, violence prevention, social justice, education and health.  

The National Safe Schools Roundtable (NSSR) hosts an annual convening of people and organizations from across the United States who are involved in LGBTQ safe schools work on a professional and/or volunteer basis. The convening is designed to facilitate the communication, coordination, and collaboration of people and organizations engaged in the creation of schools that are welcoming and inclusive of LGBTQ students, families, and staff.  



2.) Tips for Talking to Children About Marriage Equality

With all the media attention on the Supreme Court's historic marriage equality rulings, some parents and teachers may initially feel a little anxious about discussing the topic with their children or students.

Sometimes talking to children about LGBT issues seem difficult, in part, because as adults we haven't had a chance to consider what we want to say and how we would respond to questions. Often when discussing a new topic, we rely on past experiences to help us out. However, many of us don't have much experience talking about LGBT topics. Therefore, our past experience doesn't help us out.

Fortunately, with just a little forethought and preparation this can be a great teachable moment.

Tips for Talking to Children About Marriage Equality
Posted by Rohmteen Mokhtari, June 26, 2013
Welcoming Schools - Human Rights Campaign Foundation 

More resources on Marriage Equality from Safe Schools Coalition here.

3.) The Relationship Between Youth Involvement in Bullying and Suicide
The Relationship Between Youth Involvement in Bullying and Suicide
Edited by Marci F. Hertz
in The Journal of Adolescent Health - Volume 53, Issue 1, Supplement, Pages A1-A10, S1-S54 (July 2013)

which includes:
Inclusive Anti-bullying Policies and Reduced Risk of Suicide Attempts in Lesbian and Gay Youth
Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, Ph.D.and Katherine M. Keyes, Ph.D.
and a pdf version here.

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