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1.) News: 'Hate group' supporters under police surveillance for bullying?
2.) Resource: GroundSpark Launching a New Program for Parents and Guardians to Address Bullying and Build Positive School Climate
3.) Resource: New Anti-Bullying Trainings Tap Educators to Support At-Risk LGBTQ Youth
4.) Research: An Online Survey On LGBTQQ Health and Equality Experiences
5.) Training: The Northwest Network's OutSpoken Speakers Bureau Panelist Training - November 2 - Seattle, WA
6.) Training: All Children - All Families Training: November 5-7, 2013 - Seattle, WA
7.) Training: Introduction to Welcoming Schools - November 6 - Spokane, WA
8.) Training: Safe Schools Coalition Speaker's Bureau Training! December 7th - Seattle, WA
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1.) News: 'Hate group' supporters under police surveillance for bullying?
'Hate group' supporters under police surveillance for bullying?
by Cristan Willams - October 25, 2013
"The Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is the ex-gay organization that stirred up the right-wing word by claiming that a trans kid (who I will refer to as Jane Doe, for reasons of safety) in Colorado was harassing cisgender girls in the restrooms. Right wing media outlets jumped at the story without conducting any fact checking, prompting members of the right wing community to call for the death of the trans kid.
Yesterday, the TransAdvocate learned that Jane Doe is under suicide watch.
Also, the PJI just issued a press release complaining that the police are getting in the way of their fun ... "

2.) Resource: GroundSpark Launching a New Program for Parents and Guardians to Address Bullying and Build Positive School Climate
Making our films is just the first step.
In the course of making documentaries about some of the most important issues of our time, GroundSpark staff develops expertise that is highly sought after in the national media. We are proud to be a spark to help change the national conversation to create a more just world.

PTA Meetings Here We Come!
San Francisco, CA  - October 7, 2013
Contact: GroundSpark, Eileen Glaser, Education Coordinator 
Press Release online here

GroundSpark and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF) launched a new initiative today to support parents and guardians in addressing bias-related name-calling and bullying in their children's elementary and middle schools.

Through our Respect for All Project, we are partnering with HRCF's Welcoming Schools program to provide all tools and materials needed to present a two-hour evening program for any PTA, PTO, or community group. The program is part of the national effort to address bullying through National Bullying Awareness Month

This extensive program resources consist of:
  • a DVD copy and curriculum guide of our highly acclaimed half hour documentary, Let's Get Real;
  • a new short DVD produced by Welcoming Schools, What We Can Do? Bias, Bullying and Bystanders;
  • a guide to help organizers facilitate a workshop that leads to action at their school;
  • publicity tools, and other support.
"We strongly believe that parents and guardians are the third leg of the stool that must be engaged in order to have a safe school learning environment," says GroundSpark president and film director Debra Chasnoff. "This program and partnership with Welcoming Schools will help strengthen any school's work with staff and students. We've made it very easy for any group of parents to turn their interest and concern into action."

The films and structured activities will help families understand what kinds of bullying students are experiencing and observing. Tand help communities take a serious look at how factors like race, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, economic status, religion, country of origin, physical or learning disabilities are involved in many bullying situations.

"This partnership is designed to engage communities with strategies to help support "ally" behavior among students, said Kim Westheimer, director of Welcoming Schools. "The tools provide concrete resources to help adults and students create environments where diversity is respected and celebrated. "

To learn more about the program and to sign up for an event and purchase the kit, visit schools.

3.) Resource: New Anti-Bullying Trainings Tap Educators to Support At-Risk LGBTQ Youth
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Subject: New Anti-Bullying Trainings Tap Educators to Support At-Risk LGBTQ Youth - The Trevor Project, Campus Pride and Kognito Interactive Release Trio of Safety-Net Programs for Secondary and Higher Education
Date: Wed, 02 Oct 2013

New Anti-Bullying Trainings Tap Educators to Support At-Risk LGBTQ Youth
The Trevor Project, Campus Pride and Kognito Interactive Release Trio of Safety-Net Programs for Secondary and Higher Education
LGBTQ youth champions The Trevor Project and Campus Pride partner with award-winning developer of online training simulations, Kognito Interactive to create a trio of online safety net programs to support pre-teens through college age youth.
(West Hollywood, CA-October 2, 2013) As schools focus on bullying prevention in October, The Trevor Project, Campus Pride and Kognito Interactive today launch three new online training simulations about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. These three important trainings for secondary and higher education staff and students build skills to support at-risk youth in the years when peer pressure, harassment and bullying can have the most devastating results. To view live demos of these trainings go to:
"Step in, Speak Up, and the LGBTQ on Campus trainings allow The Trevor Project to expand our reach exponentially, helping more people build the skills they need to create safe schools," said Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project. "By making schools and campuses safer for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students, we can help improve safety for all students."
Studies show a student's environment and sense of safety at school and on campus impact academics, absenteeism and psychological well-being. Strikingly, 63.5% of LGBTQ youth in middle school and high school have felt unsafe because of their sexual orientation, and 43.9% because of their gender expression[i]. College students and faculty who identify as LGBTQ not only express significantly higher rates of harassment than their straight peers, but were also more likely to fear for their physical safety based on their sexual orientation or gender identity[ii]. With more attention focused on student safety and mental health support, programs like these training simulations can help improve school and campus climate, reducing risk and improving outcomes for LGBTQ students and staff.
"College campuses must address LGBTQ concerns in a pro-active manner, exercising responsibility for academic success of at-risk populations like LGBTQ youth," said Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride. "The newLGBTQ on Campus programs are dynamic tools that make it easy for colleges and universities to educate their students, faculty and staff in an accessible, effective and comprehensive manner. They will support the work that Campus Pride does every day to provide resources to improve campus climate and safety." 
The online simulations are built using Kognito Interactive's proprietary "Human Interaction Game EngineT" which is based on research in neuroscience, virtual humans, social cognition, and adult learning theory. The simulations are available 24/7 online. They can be purchased for individual use at, or they can be purchased by institutional buyers, such as colleges and universities, state agencies, schools and school districts.
 "By providing users with practice speaking with virtual students, Step In, Speak Up! and the LGBTQ on Campus trainings build the skills and confidence individuals need to engage in similar conversations in real life," said Kognito's Co-Founder and CEO Ron Goldman. "Engaging in these very challenging conversations is at the core of truly overcoming stigma and supporting LGBTQ youth."
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy AwardŽ-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited, free and confidential phone, instant message and text messaging crisis intervention services. A leader and innovator in suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives. Learn more at
Founded in 2001, Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization building future leaders and safer, more LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) and ally college students and campus groups. Campus Pride is known for its landmark programs and services such as the award-winning Campus Pride Index, Stop The Hate Train the Trainer and Camp Pride Social Justice Leadership Academy.  As the largest college student leader network in the country, Campus Pride serves thousands of college students and nearly 1400 campuses annually. Learn more at
Kognito Interactive is a developer of role-playing training simulations that address national challenges in the areas of health and behavioral health. In Kognito's online and mobile simulations, users learn effective tactics for managing challenging conversations aimed at changing health behaviors by practicing speaking with intelligent, fully animated, and emotionally responsive virtual humans. Kognito's learning solutions have been adopted by 450 hospitals, universities, state and federal agencies to train over 1.5 million people in the U.S., Canada, UK, and Australia. Learn more and view demos at

[i] Kosciw, J. G., Greytak, E. A., Bartkiewicz, M. J., Boesen, M. J., & Palmer, N. A. (2012). The 2011 National School Climate Survey: The experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in our nation's schools. New York: GLSEN.
[ii] Rankin, S., Weber, G., Blumenfield, W., Frazer, S. (2010). 2010 State of Higher Education for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender People. North Carolina: Campus Pride.

4.) Research: An Online Survey On LGBTQQ Health and Equality Experiences
* NOTE FROM SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION: We only forward this sort of research request to the list serve when we have researchers' assurance that their project has been approved by their own university's Institutional Review Board process (to assure subjects' rights are protected).

My name is Nick Livingston and I am a graduate student at the University of Montana recruiting individuals 18 and older to complete an anonymous and confidential online survey. The results of this research will support our efforts toward promoting LGBTQQ health and equality. Your participation is greatly appreciated and you could win an electronic gift card! Further, by participating you would be contributing to a growing body of research aimed at improving conditions for LGBTQQ individuals!

You are invited to participate in a research project about LGBTQQ individuals' experiences and everyday lives! You must be at least 18 years old to participate, and your participation is entirely voluntary. 


We would like to know more about you and your experiences. This survey may take anywhere from 20 to 40 or so minutes to complete. Although it may take some time, your responses are greatly appreciated and may help to improve our current understanding of the LGBTQQ experience. We will initially ask you two questions in order to determine whether you will be asked to participate in the rest of the survey. If you are invited to complete the rest of the survey you will be asked to answer basic questions about yourself, your experiences (e.g., experiences with discrimination), and health behaviors (e.g., your experiences with alcohol and drugs). You have the option to not respond to any questions that you choose, especially those that make you uncomfortable. All of the information that you provide will be kept completely ANONYMOUS and CONFIDENTIAL, thereby ensuring your privacy to the degree permitted by the technology being used. More information about this study and a list of resources will be provided to you at the end of the survey.

When you complete the survey, you will be given the opportunity to enter your e-mail address into a drawing at the end where you could win one of ten, $20 electronic gift cards for an online retailer!


If you have any questions about the research, please contact Nicholas Livingston at (801) 671-7102, or via email at You may also contact his faculty advisor, Dr. Cochran, at If you have any questions regarding your rights as a research subject, contact the UM Institutional Review Board (IRB) at (406) 243-6672.  


If you have 20-40 minutes to spare and would like to participate, click on the following link: 
Feel free to share this link with others who may be interested. 

You can also like/share our Facebook community page! 


5.) Training: The Northwest Network's OutSpoken Speakers Bureau Panelist Training - November 2 - Seattle, WA
OutSpoken is having a new panelist training on Sat, Nov 2nd, 12-3:30pm at Queer Youth Space. Young people ages 13-24 can get paid to be educators. Check it out!
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.
When: Saturday, November 2nd, 12-3:30pm (Social from 4-6pm)
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 an ice cream and gaymes social, 4-6pm.
Please contact with questions or to sign up.
Northwest Network


6.) Training: All Children - All Families Training:  November 5-7, 2013 - Seattle, WA
Northwest Resource Associates, the Downs Group LLC, and the Human Rights Campaign will co-host training in the Shaw Room at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. These trainings are open to individuals and agencies wanting to improve services and outcomes to LGBT resource families (e.g., adoptive, foster parents) and LGBTQ youth.  For agencies seeking national recognition, these trainings satisfy the Training Benchmark for HRC's Seal of Recognition. Continuing Education hours are provided by Cascadia Training, LLC for attendees seeking CE units 1. HRC-Certified Trainer Dr.  Chris Downs will deliver the training.
Training Descriptions and Costs

November 5, 2013, 9:00 - 5:00: Basic LGBT Competency for Agencies and Organizations. This day lays the foundation for better understanding of LGBT people, covering terminology on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, coming out, what it means to be an "ally," and myths and realities of LGBT families.  Cost = $39  (6 CE Units for $6)

November 6, 2013, 9:00 - Noon: Creating Welcoming Environments and Effective Marketing and Recruitment Strategies for Prospective LGBT Resource Families.  During this half day-session, attendees learn how to effectively connect with the LGBT community, create a welcoming environment, and improve the odds that prospects become parents.  Cost = $29  (3 CE Units for $3)

November 6, 2013, 1:00 - 5:00: Conducting Culturally Competent Home Assessments and Child Matching with Prospective LGBT Parents.  During this half-day session, attendees learn more about what makes for an effective home study with LGBT prospects and how to create child - parent matches that last! Cost = $29  (3 CE Units for $3)

November 7, 2013, 9:00 - 5:00: Ensuring the Safety, Permanency and Well-Being of LGBTQ Youth. This day prepares youth-serving professionals to deal more competently and compassionately with LGBT and questioning (Q) youth, understand the ways in which young people express their sexual orientation and gender identities, understand risk and protective factors, and develop strategies to ensure safety, permanency, and well-being. Cost = $39 (6 CE Units for $6)
Save by taking all three days of training!  All three days = $109  (18 CE Units for $18)
All registration and payment can be made through the secure PayPal feature found here:  Find the large green All Children - All Families (ACAF)
Training Reservations button on left hand side of this page and click to register.

1 Cascadia Training, LLC is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.  The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.  Cascadia is also approved by the Washington State Office of Public Instruction as a "Washington State approved clock hour offering workshop."

7.) Training: Introduction to Welcoming Schools - November 6 - Spokane, WA
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

Register online at:

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.

Download and share the event flyer here:


8.) Training: Safe Schools Coalition Speaker's Bureau Training! December 7th - Seattle, WA
You're Invited to a Speaker's Bureau Training!

Saturday, December 7th, 8:30am - Noon
Rainier Beach United Methodist Church
5500 S. Roxbury Street, Seattle, WA 98118

PFLAG, Welcoming Schools and Safe Schools Coalition are partnering to provide free training for community members interested in sharing their
personal stories as part of a speaker's bureau.  Purpose is to educate others in order to end bullying, reduce discrimination, and create a more
welcoming & just society.

Training participants will learn how to: 

  • Effectively and succinctly share your personal experiences   
  • Establish the right tone and convey information that will be heard
  • Focus on your audience and manage difficult situations
  • Adopt best practices and avoid common pitfalls
  • Find resources and data to strengthen your presentation
  • Work as part of a panel
  • Develop a follow-up plan for implementing what you just learned!

Interested?   RSVP to:  


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  • 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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