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Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends: 
1.) Article: How Do We Stop Anti-LGBTQ Bullying?
2.) NEW Training: HEADS4 Trans Youth
3.) Training: Safe Schools Coalition, PFLAG, and Welcoming Schools Speaker's Bureau Training! December 7th - Seattle, WA
4.) Safe Schools Coalition Meeting Minutes, October 15, 2013
5.) IMPORTANT: Safe Schools Coalition's next meeting is Tuesday, December 17th in Seattle!
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1.) Article: How Do We Stop Anti-LGBTQ Bullying? 

StudentNation: Campus-oriented news, first-person reports from student activists and journalists about their campus.

How Do We Stop Anti-LGBTQ Bullying?
by Keegan O'Brien and StudentNation on November 20, 2013

According to a nationwide study conducted by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLESN), 90 percent of LGBTQ students report hearing derogatory language or experience some type of verbal bullying, and more than 50 percent experience some kind of physical harassment or assault. LGBTQ students are five times more likely to cut class or skip school because they feel unsafe, while 28 percent will drop out of school altogether because of bullying. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer youth are five times more likely to attempt or commit suicide than their straight peers, while trans youth are nine times more likely.

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2.) NEW Training: HEADS4 Trans Youth

Now Ready for Adoption at Your Agency!

The Center for Strengthening Youth Prevention Paradigms (SYPP Center) at Children's Hospital Los Angeles is introducing a new assessment tool focused on the specific needs of transgender youth, called HEADS4 Trans Youth.

Building on 30 years of successful use of the original HEADSS assessment for adolescents, SYPP Center has adapted this tool in consultation with established experts in providing culturally competent care for transgender youth.

SYPP Center's goal in creating HEADS4 Trans Youth is to give service providers across all sectors, critically-needed tools and trainings to work effectively and respectfully with transgender youth. HEADS4 Trans Youth is a valuable addition to all organizations and schools working with transgender youth.

SYPP Center is looking for agencies and schools interested in adopting HEADS4 Trans Youth. SYPP Center staff will customize a training to support implementation of the new assessment tool.

To learn more about HEADS4 Trans Youth and to schedule a training for your agency, please contact: SYPP Center,

3.) Training: Safe Schools Coalition, PFLAG, and Welcoming Schools Speaker's Bureau Training! December 7th - Seattle, WA
Did you sign up for our Speaker's Bureau Training? Great! See you there!

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.

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

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 in learning more?   Contact:

See here for a flyer in PDF format and more information.

4.) Safe Schools Coalition Meeting Minutes, October 15, 2013
This is also on our website in pdf format here.

Safe Schools Coalition (SSC) Meeting
Minutes Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Facilitating:  Matthew Wilson
Recording:  Matthew Wilson

In attendance:

  • Matthew Wilson, Lead Chair - Oasis Youth Center

  • Gabi Clayton, Webspinner - Youth Guardian Services, FUAH, PFLAG

  • Cody Blomberg - Artist

Discussion/Action Items:
  1. Group agreed to participate in Spirit Day

  2. Reminder about Speaker's Bureau Event on Saturday, December 7th 8:30 am - Noon at Rainier Beach United Methodist Church: 5500 S. Roxbury Street, Seattle, WA 98118

  3. Cody Blomberg discussed the possibility of collaborating again on a touring art project.

  4. Discussed ways to spread the word about our Intervention line

  5. The Coalition is looking to offer two more presentations by the end of the year about LGBTQ issues.  If your organization is in King County, please contact us for more information.

Monthly Reports:

Training - Tracy Flynn

  • Developed flier for upcomi9ng Speaker's Bureau Event

  • Will attend Seattle Public Schools Outreach event and represent SSC on November 7th

  • Also in the works to create a community event in partnership with Welcoming Schools in 2014

Internet - Gabi Clayton
  • 1001 active contacts for newsletter

  • 1,228 Facebook likes

  • 254 Twitter followers

  • 22, 660 website page views from 112 countries

Membership - Christian Zsilavetz
  • I created an email ask for Membership & Donations from our email list. Due to Rosehedge's closing at this time, we will have to wait to send out the ask.

Finance - Cherise Alexander
  • Contractors were paid on time

  • Received money from King County

  • Ending Balance $7,887

Intervention - Dr. Will Gibson
  • There were no intervention requests for the last 30 days

Lead - Matthew Wilson
  • Spoke with Lauren Simonds from Rosehedge about their closure at the end of the year.

  • Started search for locations to give remaining presentations for King County

  • Worked with Christian on personal membership

  • Completed Pride Foundation grant application.

  • Participated on a CenterLink webinar around Spirit Day

  • Responded to web inquiries

Development - Kathy Sakahara
  • Updated list of members and last invoice date

  • Submitted Pride Foundation grant on behalf of SSC

Next meeting:  Tuesday, November 19, 2013 3-5 pm

5.) IMPORTANT: Safe Schools Coalition's next meeting is Tuesday, December 17th in Seattle!

The next Safe Schools Coalition meeting is next Tuesday, December 17th 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.

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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