GSAFE Updates

Apply today for Leadership Training Institute!

  Leadership Training Institute, or LTI, is a four-day camp intended to help train up-and-coming GSA members and other students and prepare them to return to their schools in the fall better leaders in their clubs and among their peers.   Leadership Training Institute 2017 will be from July 26th to July 30th at Sandburg Residence […]

Nominate an Educator or Community Activist for a GSAFE award today!

GSAFE is currently seeking nominations for the 2017 Educator of the Year Award and the Judi Devereux Community Activist Award.  Each award will be presented at the 21st annual Celebration of Leadership on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Monona Terrace in downtown Madison. The recipients of these awards will have demonstrated a commitment to promoting just and […]

Spring 2017 GSA Conference Scheduled for April 7th!

Our Spring 2017 GSA Conference will be held in Madison on Friday, April 7th.   GSAFE’s Spring Conference is open to current middle school and high school students, as well as to GSA advisors and other school professionals who are supporting GSAs and similar clubs.  The cost to attend is $15.00, which covers lunch and supplies for […]

Zumbathon for GSAFE February 25th!

Like to get your sweat on AND support welcoming schools for LGBTQ+ youth?  Great! Join us Saturday 2/25, from 2 – 4, at the Goodman Center in Madison, for dance, music, raffle, fun! It’s a Zumbathon fundraiser for GSAFE. Never Zumba-ed before and not sure you want to start now? That’s okay, too.  We welcome folks […]

College Resources for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Accessing higher education can be especially challenging for LGBTQ+ youth who are experiencing homelessness.  The Center for Online Education has compiled resources and tips for youth experiencing homelessness, their families, and other adults who work with them to help navigate accessing higher education.  

Scholarship Opportunities for LGBTQ Youth

  In addition to GSAFE’s Youth Scholarship, a number of other foundations and organizations provide scholarships to LGBTQ youth and their allies.  Here is a list of scholarships that we know about, listed chronologically by deadline:   Point Foundation – Applications due January 30th Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization […]

New Resource: Is Your GSA Welcoming?

With the holiday season upon us, lots of people will head to the malls to buy presents for friends and family.  The retail industry spends a lot of money researching how to make their stores feel inviting and give customers a great shopping experience.  If a student were to rate the “customer service” they experienced […]

GSAFE staff earns Welcoming Schools certification for K-5 schools

GSAFE’s Brian J. earns Welcoming Schools certification for K-5 Schools GSAFE is pleased to announce that Senior Director of Education and Policy Brian J. recently became one of the first Certified Facilitators in the new national Welcoming Schools Facilitator Program. Welcoming Schools is a comprehensive approach to improve elementary school climate with training, resources, and […]

Photos from Trick or Trot 5K

Thank you to everyone who came out for the GSAFE Trick or Trot 5K Walk/Run on October 16th! By our count, we had more than 500 people in attendance.  Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, and donors who helped make the event a huge success: Sponsors: University of Wisconsin-Madison Wartmann Chandler Appraisal Associates Habush […]

October 20th is #SpiritDay

In the fall of 2010, the LGBT community lost a number of young people to suicide.  Many of these youth were the victims of harassment and violence, and in response to these tragedies, GLAAD and other organizations created Spirit Day. Spirit Day is held every third Thursday of October, during National Bullying Prevention Month, and […]

Download articles as PDF


“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