Welcome to GSAFE

GSAFE increases the capacity of LGBTQ youth and students, educational staff, and families to create school environments.

Leadership Training Institute

Leadership Training Institute, or LTI, is GSAFE’s four-day summer camp that to help current high school students take their activism, organizing, and leadership skills to the next level. Apply now!

Celebration of Leadership Scholarship and Awards

Registration is open for our May 20, 2023 Celebration of Leadership Scholarship and Awards event. Plan now to attend with friends, family, and colleagues!

GSAFE creates just schools for LGBTQ+ youth in Wisconsin

We are committed to youth leadership, anti-racism, and social justice and recognize we are all life-long learners and teachers. We hold ourselves accountable to the youth we serve as well as each other, our board, funders, partner organizations, and the broader community by honoring our commitments and continuously reflecting on and improving our work.

What We Do

GSAFE increases the capacity of LGBTQ youth and students, educational staff, and families to create school environments where all LGBTQ youth and students thrive.

Developing Youth Leadership

Building strong youth leadership is core to creating school communities where all LGBTQ youth and students thrive.

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Supporting GSAs

GSAFE supports over 200 Gay-Straight Alliances and similarly-focused student groups in Wisconsin.

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Training Educators

GSAFE provides high quality and engaging trainings for educators, students, community members, and families focused on the needs of LGBTQ+ Youth.

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Advancing Educational Justice

Educational Justice is a framework for improving schools so that LGBTQ youth, youth of color, low-income youth, and youth with disabilities all thrive.

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Deepening Racial, Gender, & Social Justice

GSAFE strives to incorporate racial, gender, and social justice throughout all of our programs and organizational infrastructure.

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We hope this information is helpful to you in your work to create schools where all LGBTQ youth and students thrive.

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Our History

GSAFE has roots going back to 1991 when we were two all-volunteer grassroots organizations functioning out of members’ homes, Gays and Lesbians Against Discrimination in Education (GLADE) and Gay and Lesbian Educational Employees (GLEE).

Our Blog and Featured News


Joint Statement from GSAFE and Fair Wisconsin regarding the introduction of transgender student athlete bills in the Wisconsin Legislature

March 2, 2021 Contact: Brian Juchems, GSAFE, (608) 235-5467, brianj@gsafewi.org Megin McDonell, Fair Wisconsin, (608) 279-2659, megin.mcdonell@fairwisconsin.com Joint statement from GSAFE and ...
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Be a Champion for LGBTQ+ Youth! for The Big Share

The Big Share is March 2nd. Help us go BIG, be a Peer to Peer Fundraiser for GSAFE! The Big Share is a ...
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Support LGBTQIA+ Youth on National Coming Out Day

  2020 isn't exactly how we thought we'd start our 25th year of serving Wisconsin LGBTQIA+ students and educators. But here we are, ...
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Exploring Gender Confidentiality Workshop

  MARK YOUR CALENDARS- 9/29, 4-5pm! The leaders of the Madison Memorial High School Gender Equity Association will be leading a workshop, ...
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Affirming Trans and Nonbinary Youth in the Virtual Classroom

With many transgender and nonbinary youth set to attend class virtually, what can schools do to ensure they feel safe, seen, and ...

Trick or Trot 2022

  Monsters VS Aliens  Trick or Trot 2022, Run/Walk!    Are you looking for a fun fall outing with friends and family? ...
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Donate to our Quilt Auction

Online Auction Coming in late November - stay tuned and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates! As the days get ...
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GSA @ Elementary

Whether it's a child with same gender parents or LGBTQ+ family members, a child who is asserting their affirmed gender identity, or ...
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Nominate an Educator who makes a difference!

It's Teacher Appreciation Week...which should be EVERY week, right?! We know that having one or more supportive adult at school makes a ...