Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender Awareness Week is November 14th to 20th this year. Transgender Awareness Week is commemorated to uplift the lives, experiences, and contributions of transgender and gender non-conforming people.  Many schools and GSAs will organize events to commemorate this week, which often culminates in Transgender Day of Remembrance, held on November 20th. A number of national […]

Send an Activist to Camp!

Leadership Training Institute is just a week away.  Can you help send an activist to camp?   LTI is GSAFE’s big deal student event.  40 students attend from all over Wisconsin, spending four days building community, gaining leadership skills, and learning how to make their schools safer and more just for all students. GSAFE will bring […]

Wisconsin GSA Directory

Are you on the map? For many years, GSAFE and organizations like ours did not publish the list of GSAs with which we are connected.  We did this for a number of reasons: First, we didn’t want to give the impression that GSAFE owns or manages the individual GSAs in Wisconsin; we are in place […]

Back to School Safely

Coming back to school from summer vacation can be challenging for students who identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and other identities (LGBTQ+). While it is often a return to supportive friends and teachers, it can also be a return to harassment, indifference, and exclusion.  The Dane County Youth Assessment and the Wisconsin […]

Teen Pride Arts: Break the Silence

Day of Silence is fast approaching, and this year GSAFE is teaming up with the organizers of Teen Pride Arts and the UW-Madison ArtWrite Collective to host an evening of art, music, poetry, and food.  This event will give students who participated in Day of Silence an opportunity to come together and share their experiences […]

Superheroes Come Out for Walk/Run/Eat for Safe Schools

GSAFE’s Walk/Run/Eat for Safe Schools was a super success!  On Saturday, October 11th, more than 350 people came out in support of safe schools for all students. This event could not happen without the super-team of volunteers that help with registration, timing, act as course marshals, and help set up the gym in the morning.  The […]

Gender Identity & Expression Protections in Wisconsin

  In the past couple of months, three more school districts have added language to their local non-discrimination, harassment, and anti-bullying policies to provide specific protections on the basis of gender identity and gender expression: Green Bay Area Public School District, Appleton Area School District, and Elkhorn Area School District. This bring us up to […]

Spotlight on…

Ally Week at Black Hawk Middle School In the fall, many Gay-Straight Alliances and similar clubs organize “Ally Week”, which encourages students and staff to learn new skills and take a pledge to be better allies to LGBTQ people.  In November, the GSA at Black Hawk  Middle School in Madison organized a school-wide Ally Week.  […]

GSAFE Co-Hosts White Privilege Conference

GSAFE is proud to serve as a co-host for the White Privilege Conference “Building Relationships, Strengthening Communities, Seeking Justice” coming to Madison, WI March 26-29, 2014.  Click here for more information on the WPC.

TDOR Events in Wisconsin

We have heard about a number of different public events being organized in Wisconsin to  commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance.  Here are the details for the ones we know about: La Crosse:  There will be a candlelight vigil in La Crosse, sponsored by the UWL Pride Center, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20th, at […]

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“Words Hurt Week helped me discover the importance of intersectionality within all social movements – recognizing that we cannot make progress within the queer community without also examining the systems that impact other oppressions.”  Maria, Former GSAFE Youth Activist