Statewide Conference on LGBTQ+ Youth


Event Information: 

Please join GSAFE and our host Madison College at Safe Schools, Safe Communities: State Conference on LGBTQ+ Youth on March 16, 2020. 

Safe Schools, Safe Communities will feature a variety of speakers and workshops facilitated by local and regional experts. Conference participants will gain critical skills, tools, knowledge, and connections to help lead and support efforts to create safer, more inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ youth across Wisconsin, especially LGBTQ+ Youth of Color and Transgender and Nonbinary Youth.

Our target audience includes adults who work with youth and their families as well as youth delegates from middle school and high school-age groups, clubs, and community programs. School and community-based youth groups and clubs are invited to designate and register up to four youth delegates to attend SSSC20. Youth participants must provide a completed registration form.

We have a limited number of full and partial scholarships available to individuals wishing to attend SSSC20. If you or an individual you are registering are in need of a scholarship, would prefer to register offline, need to be invoiced, or have additional questions please contact Brian J. at (608) 661-4141 or email 



Online registration is open!  Please contact the GSAFE office at (608) 661-4141 or with questions. 

Note: If you are registering students for the conference, you must provide GSAFE with a completed SSSC20 Student Delegate Registration Form for each student. The form must be signed by a parent or an adult guardian. Completed forms can be emailed to or by mail to GSAFE, 122 E Olin Ave, Ste 100, Madison, WI, 53713.

Note for Madison College Employees: These experiences may count towards the FQAS Continuing Professional Development requirement related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (or other FQAS continuing Professional Development. Please contact us at for more information.

Accessibility Accommodations, Dietary Restrictions and/or Allergies:

Please let us know how we can make Safe Schools, Safe Communities accessible to you! Request for sign or other language interpreters, real time captioning, Braille or electronic documents should be directed to Brian J. at or (608) 661-4141. We will attempt to fulfill requests made two weeks before the conference but cannot guarantee they will be met.

In order to make SSSC20 accessible to all, we ask that participants refrain from using perfume, colognes, or other heavy scents. Additionally there will be all-gender bathrooms at the conference.  Regardless of what bathroom you choose to use, please respect everyone’s right to use the bathroom.  Each of us can decide for ourselves which bathroom we belong in.


Submitting a Workshop Proposal:

We are now accepting workshop proposals for Safe Schools, Safe Communities 2020 from individuals, groups, and organizations. Please complete our request for proposal form here.


Sponsoring Safe Schools, Safe Communities 2020:

If you are a representative of a business, corporation, or foundation and would be interested in partnering with GSAFE to build LGBTQ+ youth leaders as an SSSC20 sponsor please contact Brian J. at or (608) 661-4141 to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.


If you’re Unable to Attend: 

Contact us as soon as possible at (608) 661-4141, ext. 2 (or email, if you are unable to attend SSSC20 as planned. Registration will be forfeited for non-attendance without notice.


If cancelling at least 10 days prior to event, you may:

  • Transfer registration to another person.
  • Receive a refund on your registration, less at 10% administrative fee.

If cancelling less than 10 days prior to event, you may:

  • Transfer registration to another person.


Inclement Weather

If there is severe weather, and participants are concerned about attending SSSC20, you should reach out to confirm that the conference is still going to proceed. If we cancel on account of weather, we’ll contact you using the information you have provided to us. We will also update this page and the conference page at If we postpone SSSC20 due to inclement weather participants will be offered the choice of a full refund or transfer registration to the same event at a new, future date.

If you decide not to attend due to weather conditions, but we have not cancelled, it is important that you contact us as soon as possible to let us know. 


Tentative Schedule

8:00AM Registration Opens
8:30AM Welcome & Opening Session
9:30AM Breakout Sessions
10:45AM Breakout Sessions
Noon Lunch
12:45PM Afternoon Keynote
2:00PM Breakout Sessions
3:15PM Call to Action and Closing



We are currently accepting workshop proposals here. Please consider submitting a proposal!

Below is a sample of workshop from our 2019 conference. Stay tuned for 2020 updates.  

  • Deconstructing the Gender Binary in the Classroom and Community Groups
  • Consent Culture
  • Rethinking School Discipline
  • Bringing a racial justice focus to GSAs and student clubs
  • Responding to Hate: The Mount Horeb Story
  • Creating LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Faith Communities
  • In-School Supports Beyond the GSA
  • Preparing LGBTQ+ Youth for the Transition to College
  • Addressing LGBTQ+ Topics at the Elementary Level
  • Violence and the LGBTQ+ Community
  • Creating Community Supports
  • Supporting the Mental and Physical Health of LGBTQ+
  • Increasing Cultural Competency around Working with Transgender and Nonbinary Youth
  • And More!

And more!


Conference Location, Directions, & Parking 

Madison College is the location for Safe Schools, Safe Communities 2020.

Address: 1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI (Just minutes from Interstate 90 and the Madison Airport)

Parking information coming soon!








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“Without the knowledge, resources, and extra effort of GSAFE, I have no question that we would not have a Gay-Straight Alliance in our school.” – David Witte, Middle School Principal