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Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends: 
Contents:
1.) Event: Oasis and Rainbow Center Open House- October 11, 2013 - Tacoma, WA
2.) Event: OutSpoken panelist training and social - November 2, 2013 - Seattle, WA
3.) Can you spare a tweet for better sex ed? Vision for Sex Education - From Amplify, a project of Advocates for Youth
4.) Support of the Student Non-discrimination Act: Help End the Silence - From Amplify, a project of Advocates for Youth
5.) Resources from Welcoming Schools: Creating Gender Expansive Environments & Affirming Gender in Elementary School: Social Transitioning
6.) Resource from GLSEN: Playgrounds and Prejudice: Gender Non-Conforming Students in Elementary Schools
7.) Safe Schools Coalition Monthly Meeting Minutes for August 20, 2013
8.) Help Needed! Safe Schools Coalition needs a Co-Secretary!
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1.) Event: Oasis and Rainbow Center Open House-  October 11, 2013 - Tacoma, WA

Oasis and Rainbow Center Grand Opening!

October 11, 2013
3:00pm-7:00pm

Join us on National Coming Out day as we celebrate the historic co-location of Oasis and the Rainbow Center.

Stop by for a tour of our new space and learn more about the O.R.C (for Oasis and Rainbow Center).

We will be offering door prizes, snacks, entertainment, and speakers, with a program at 5:30.

2215 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Downtown Tacoma Washington.
See map here.

Oasis is a drop-in, resource and support center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 14-24 in Pierce County, WA.

The Rainbow Center's mission is to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by providing education, resources, information and opportunities for empowerment to individuals and organization with the south Puget Sound area. 



2.) Event: OutSpoken panelist training and social - November 2, 2013 - Seattle, WA
Hello friends & colleagues,

*Please help spread the word and pass along to anyone you think might be interested.*

LGBTQ & ally young people - get paid to be an educator on homophobia, transphobia, and the lives of queer and trans youth!

The Northwest Network's OutSpoken LGBTQ and ally youth speakers bureau is offering a training for new panelists.

We challenge oppression and anti-LGBTQ violence in our schools and communities by training young people ages 13-24 to be educators. OutSpoken offers youth panels, workshops, and peer-to-peer presentations.

OutSpoken
Speaker's Bureau Training
Get paid to educate people on the lives of queer and trans young people.
Learn how to share your experiences on panels in schools, community groups, & organizations.

When: Saturday, November 2nd, 12-3:30pm
Where: Queer Youth Space, 911 E. Pike Street. Wheelchair accessible
Who should attend: Young people ages 13-24

After the training
we will hang out at Queer Youth Space for a hot chocolate social, 4-5pm.

To sign up or get more info, contact Kristina: kristina@nwnetwork.org or (206) 568-7777. 

-- 
Kristina Armenakis
Youth Programs Community Advocate
     
The Northwest Network of Bisexual,
Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse
     
P.O. Box 18436 Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 568-7777
(206) 325-2601 fax
(206) 517-9670 tty message



3.) Action Alert: Can you spare a tweet for better sex ed? Vision for Sex Education - From Amplify, a project of Advocates for Youth
Note: We are sharing this item because we believe that it is an issue Safe Schools Coalition members and friends may be interested in.
If you have opinion about it, please let your voice be heard.

Vision for Sex Education
From Amplify, a project of Advocates for Youth, via Sound Off by HeadCount.

Today, 130 fired-up youth activists are swarming Capitol Hill to talk face-to-face with Congress about comprehensive sexual health education, and to demand their support for the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act. With your help they've already collected over 5,000 signatures in support of accurate, inclusive sex ed.

The youth activists are meeting with Congress in person, but you can do it from home. Join our SoundOff Campaign and tweet at your Representatives about sex ed.

The Real Education for Healthy Youth Act would ensure that federal funding is allocated to comprehensive sexual health education programs that provide all young people with the skills and information they need to make informed, responsible, and healthy decisions.

Tweet at your legislators to support comprehensive sex ed now!




4.) Action Alert: Support of the Student Non-discrimination Act: Help End the Silence - From Amplify, a project of Advocates for Youth
Note: We are sharing this item because we believe that it is an issue Safe Schools Coalition members and friends may be interested in.
If you have opinion about it, please let your voice be heard.

Help End the Silence
From Amplify, a project of Advocates for Youth. 
 
For too long our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth have been discriminated against in the classroom.

The student Non-discrimination Act would prohibit discrimination against students based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity as well as ensures that all students have access to an education in a safe environment free from harassment, bullying, intimidation, or violence.
 
The bi-partisan Student Non-Discrimination Act was introduced by Representatives Polis (D-CO) and Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). Currently this legislation has over 100 co-sponsors. 
 
Please use the form on this page to send letters to Congress in Support of the Student Non-discrimination Act.



5.) Resources from Welcoming Schools: Creating Gender Expansive Environments & Affirming Gender in Elementary School: Social Transitioning
From Welcoming Schools News 05/20/13:

Creating Gender Expansive Environments
Gender and Children: A Place to Begin

This month's theme is creating gender-expansive environments that affirm all students. Young children receive many powerful messages about gender roles and gender identity. These messages can pressure students to conform and limit their full potential. Those who do not adopt traditional gender roles are often harassed and bullied.

By creating welcoming classrooms where all students can be who they are, we free students to live up to their full developmental and academic potential.

Gender and Children: A Place to Begin is a newly-revised Welcoming School resource that offers practical guidance on avoiding gender stereotyping and supporting gender expansive children.

Creating schools that nurture academic achievement, provide physical and emotional safety and welcome all students are common goals for all educators. As educators, one can create gender-expansive environments that affirm all children and allow them to express their interests and find confidence in their strengths.

Ideas for Educators in the Classroom
Steps for School-Wide Action
Additional Resources from Welcoming Schools, which includes:
Books to Help Discuss Bullying and Gender
Books Featuring Gender Expansive Children
Books that Look at Gender Stereotypes, and 
Gender Identity and Children


-- and from Welcoming Schools News 08/20/13: Back to School Edition 

Affirming Gender in Elementary School: Social Transitioning

Being a boy or a girl, for most children, is something that feels very natural. Most children's gender identity aligns with their biological sex. However, for some children the match between biological sex and gender identity is not so clear. These children, as young as two or three years of age, may consistently and persistently communicate that they are or wish to be a different gender, that they are in the wrong body, or that their outside (biological sex) does not match who they feel like they are on the inside (gender identity.) There are also children who feel they are both male and female or feel they are neither and do not want to have to choose.



Welcoming Schools, a program of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Family Project, is an LGBT-inclusive approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying and name-calling in K-5 learning environments.



6.) Resource from GLSEN: Playgrounds and Prejudice: Gender Non-Conforming Students in Elementary Schools
The following statistics are from GLSEN's 2012 Playgrounds and Prejudice: Elementary School Climate in the United States study:
  • 8% of students indicate that they do not always conform to traditional gender norms and roles
  • Only 42% of gender nonconforming students report feeling very safe at school, compared to 61% of their peers.
  • Gender nonconforming students are more likely than their peers to report being called names, made fun of or bullied at least sometimes at school (56% to 33%)
  • Less than half of elementary teachers believe that a gender nonconforming student would feel comfortable at their school
Read and download the GLSEN study here:
http://glsen.org/playgroundsandprejudice  



7.) Safe Schools Coalition Monthly Meeting Minutes for August 20, 2013
text and links here

Safe Schools Coalition Monthly Meeting Minutes for August 20, 2013
Also online in pdf format here:  
 
August 20, 2013
 
In Attendance:

Matthew Wilson (meeting facilitator), Oasis Youth Center
Brett Niessen, Public Health - Seattle & King County
Stephen Schlott, Partners in Design
Dylan Bosseau
Gabi Clayton, FUAH, PFLAG Olympia, Youth Guardian Services
Alec Clatyton, PFLAG Olympia
Tracy Flynn, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Jennifer Davies, PFLAG Bellevue
Karen Gold, PFLAG Bellevue
Emily Emerson, School's Out Washington
Kathy Sakahara, League of Women Voters

Minutes
 
Meeting began at 2:00 pm with introductions and appreciations
 
Events & Announcements

Bridge Conference on October 21 & 22, 2013 at University of Washington Seattle.  More details at schoolsoutwashington.org/bridge
 
South Sound AIDS Walk on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wa.  More details at piercecountyaids.org
 
September 12th 4 -7 pm Westlake Park to create awareness around the Transgender and Gender non-conforming community through art, music, and games.
 
Monthly Reports:
 
Training
Safe Schools Coalition Monthly report for July and August
Submitted by Tracy Flynn, August 19, 2013
  1. Made a referral to a woman located in Chula Vista CA for a guest speaker for her GSA.
  2. Took inquiry from Frank Petrovic. City of Edina, Minnesota. We would like to provide a link to your website on our site, but need permission from you to do so. If you could please kindly fill out this form and email it back to us, I would appreciate it!
  3. My name is Brian Minalga, and I'm interested in volunteer opportunities with Safe Schools Coalition. I am employed full-time with the US Peace Corps in Seattle, so I'm looking for volunteer opportunities I will be able to manage and fit into my schedule. I typically work standard business hours, so I would be interested in hearing about evening and weekend opportunities if those are available. I have over 4 years of international youth development experience in schools and communities, so I am interested in the Intervention Specialist opportunity managed by Dr. Gibson. I referred him to Will for follow-up
  4. Meeting with PFLAG about how we might combine our two speakers bureaus- will give report at the meeting.
  5. I presented to Seattle University School Counselors class, on August 7, 2013 on law and policy issues pertaining to LGBTQ people in the k-12 environment. Gave data to Mathew on this presentation.
  6. Attended OSPI HIB committee as a representative of Welcoming Schools.  OSPI HIB committee is looking for feedback on the kinds of bullying data people would like collected t the state level. Volunteers to send in a list to OSPI?  Gabi or Tracy can give you the contact information.
Finance

A financial report was not available in time for the meeting.  A full report will be available at the September meeting.
 
Lead Chair
  1. Drafted and submitted proposal for SSC being housed at Oasis
  2. Responded to inquiries: including a request from Los Angeles about starting a new Safe Schools Coalition.
  3. Worked with Tracy to prepare report for King County
  4. Worked with Kathy to discuss outreach opportunities
  5. Picked up posters from WEA, placed stickers with correct contact info, delivered to Seattle School District
  6. Outreach: Attended Gender Odyssey's Professional Seminar, discussed SSC
 
Web
We have 1,005 active contacts on our mailing lists.  I have updated the contacts to remove undeliverable, do not mail, or cancelled e-mail address.  
 
We have 1,211 likes on our Facebook page as of 08/19/2013
 
Intervention

Because school is out for the summer, there were no inquiries in the month of August.

Development
  • Submitted LOI to Pride Foundation.  We will now this week if we are invited to take the next step.
  • Developed (with Gabi) a two page publication for employees as part of the King County Employee Giving Program (attached)
  • Registered Safe School Coalition for expo's at KC.  See schedule below
  • Drafted press release re Gabi's award and sent to 451 media emails
KCEG Program
Dates:
9/4         Paper materials and swag due
9/18       Expos begin
We are on the wait list for 9/18, 10/1 and 10/3.  If you are able to do 9/26 or 10/10 please let Matthew know.
  
Date
Location
9/18/13
Downtown - Chinook Building (5th & Jefferson) Rooms 121-12311:00am-1:30pm
9/26/13
Renton - King County Elections (Both State and County Employees)11:00am-1:30pm
10/1/13
Downtown - King County Courthouse (4th and James) 9th Flr Courtroom (Both State and County Employees) 11:00am-1:30pm
10/3/2012
Downtown - King Street Center (1st and Jackson) - 8th Floor Conference Room 11:00am-1:30pm
10/10/12
SoDo - Central/Atlantic Bus Bases (6th and Massachusetts) 1:00pm - 3:30pm

 

 
Action:
  • A decision was reached to set a "train the trainer" even for December
  • The Coalition decided to collaborate with PFLAG Bellevue on speaking engagements
  • Matthew and Kathy agreed to complete job descriptions for their respective roles.  Will and Cherise need to complete a job description as well.
  • Emily will lead a discussion at the next meeting about membership and dues.
  • Gabi agreed to review the application to link our website with The City of Edina, MN.  If the application is not too onerous, she will complete it.
Next Meeting:
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 3-5 pm.



8.) Help Needed! Safe Schools Coalition needs a Co-Secretary!
The Coalition is in need of a Co-Secretary to record minutes at our monthly meetings in Seattle, WA. Because this position requires little time outside of the meetings, it is a great way to volunteer without a huge time commitment.

If you would consider volunteering, please contact us here:
 http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=49

 


Leadership Team:

 

Co-Chairs:

  • Lead Chair -- Matthew Wilson (Oasis Youth Center): send a message or call 253-671-2838   
  • Back-up Lead Chair -- Seth Kirby (Oasis Youth Center): send a message or call 253-671-2838  

Co-Secretaries:

Mailing List Managers:

  • Wazina Zondon and Elena Jaime - Resource & Lesson Planning Guide messages
  • Nic Donia - Events messages
  • Gabi Clayton - Coalition Announcements, Action Alerts, Law & Policy, Legislative/Elective messages, and Member Organization Only Fundraising* messages
OPEN:
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  • Job, Internship & Volunteer Opportunity messages
  • Resource & Lesson Planning Guide messages  
  • Interested in being a SSC Mailing List volunteer? Great! Contact Gabi!

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