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Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends: 
1.) Today is National Coming Out Day! See our Resource Page! Listen to songs!
2.) Event: Introduction to Welcoming Schools - Spokane, WA - November 6
3.) UPDATED: Learning About Sexual Diversity at School. What is Age Appropriate?
4.) Free LGBTQ Films for GSAs!
5.) IMPORTANT: Safe Schools Coalition's next meeting is Tuesday, October 15th in Seattle!
6.) Help Needed! Safe Schools Coalition needs a Co-Secretary!
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1.) Today is National Coming Out Day! See our Resource Page!  Listen to songs!
  • Read: "Coming Out" by Beth Reis.
  • Listen to songs about coming out right from your computer: "How I Feel" and "How I Feel Now" by Lisa Zeiler / Rebecca Riots and "The Closet" by Steve Schalchlin
  • Check out resources related to coming out!

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2.) Event: Introduction to Welcoming Schools - Spokane, WA - November 6
You Are Invited to An Introduction to Welcoming Schools

Wednesday, November 6th, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Educational Service District Office 101,
4202 S. Regal St., Spokane, WA 99223

Welcoming Schools is a comprehensive approach to embracing family diversity, avoiding gender role stereotyping and ending bullying. This one-day training is designed to meet the needs of pre-school and elementary-level educators, school staff and child serving agencies.

Training participants will be provided with:
  • An understanding of Washington's state requirements for anti-harassment, intimidation and bullying policies and procedures.
  • An increased understanding of the relationship between academic achievement and a safe learning environment.
  • Best practices for addressing bullying and building a positive school climate.
  • An overview of teacher training resources to bring back to your building.
  • An overview of classroom resources including vetted children's literature and curriculum related to family diversity and inclusion.
  • Opportunities to build skills in talking about gender identity and sexual orientation in age-appropriate ways.
  • Clock Hours will be provided for K-8 educators by OSPI.  It is strongly suggested that schools bring teams to this session, if at all possible.
Questions? E-mail Tracy Flynn at
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Sponsored by: Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Odyssey Youth Center, and NW PBIS Network.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities: To arrange accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact by email within 3 business days of this event date. Please note that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not require any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

3.) UPDATED: Learning About Sexual Diversity at School. What is Age Appropriate?
Learning About Sexual Diversity at School. What is Age Appropriate?
Created by Beth Reis for Safe Schools Coalition. Updated in June 2013.
and in black and white:

Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements Relevant to Sexual Diversity: June, 2013 -- by Beth Reis, Safe Schools Coalition.
  • CONCEPT / Health EALR & Benchmark /
  • Social Studies EALR Benchmark & Evidence of Learning
"The point is that LGBTQ* content not an "add-on" unit or a "heroes & holidays" attitude. Rather, the goal is inclusiveness infused in the life of the school, just as other kinds of diversity belong in all disciplines at all grade levels. Math, Language Arts, Science, and Arts."

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4.) Free LGBTQ Films for GSAs!
Youth In Motion offers student activists and teachers LGBTQ themed films and interactive tools to help educate and build student leadership and activist skills, completely free of charge!

Since 2008, Youth In Motion has provided free LGBTQ themed movies, with accompanying curricula and action guides, to student clubs and educators in middle and high schools. More than 480 schools registered over the past five years in the state of California, and we are pleased to announce the nationalization of Youth in Motion for the 2013-2014 school year!

Youth in Motion gives student activists and teachers interactive tools to educate their peers about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and culture (and have fun doing it!). We believe that an inclusive curriculum is one step to creating truly safe and welcoming schools.

Youth in Motion's 2013-2014 DVD release will include short films representing a range of LGBT youth experiences-from authentic self-expression to classmate crushes to films that delve into the dangers of bullying. The collection will come with a Curriculum Guide so that teachers can use these films in their everyday teaching, as well as a fabulous Action Guide to help build student leadership and activist skills.

Visit to pre-register for the 2013-2014 collection, which will include short films ranging from authentic self-expression to classmate crushes to films that delve into the dangers of bullying.

Pre-register for our 2013-2014 collection  

In addition to our new title, California middle and high school student clubs still have access to our eight previous films, completely free of charge. Schools outside of California can also pre-register for our free new release, and can receive previous films from the Youth in Motion collection for just $25 each!

Contact for more info.  

Register now!  


Taylor Hodges, Youth In Motion Outreach Coordinator
Frameline 145 9th Street, Suite 300 San Francisco, CA 94103 E  P 415.703.8650 x 304 F 415.861.1404
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5.) IMPORTANT: Safe Schools Coalition's next meeting is Tuesday, October 15th in Seattle!
The next Safe Schools Coalition meeting is next Tuesday, October 15th from 3-5pm at Planned Parenthood on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA.

Contact Matthew Wilson, the lead chair if you have agenda items to suggest or if you need instructions about attending in person or calling in by conference call.
Use this contact form on our website or call: 253-671-2838.

All are welcome! You do NOT need to be a Coalition member to attend.

For more information, see this page.

6.) 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.  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.


Leadership Team:



  • 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  


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