Central Illinois Youth Summit this Saturday, April 27!



The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance will be hosting a youth summit for high school youth and GSA’s that would like to attend. There is a suggested donation of $5 for an individual or $30 for a GSA group, but no person or group will be turned away from attending the event.

Join other youth involved in LGBTQ safe schools organizing from across Central and Southern Illinois THIS SATURDAY for a day of workshops, community building, and fun!  I have attached the flyer for the event and you can obtain the registration form by contacting michelle@illinoissafeschools.org.

Urbana Independent Media Center
202 S Broadway
Urbana, IL 61801

Day of Silence is Friday April 19



Day of Silence is an annual day of protest to raise awareness regarding the bullying and harassment that is used to silence the LGBT community.  The LGBT Resource Center on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is hosting a day filled with events open to the public.

In addition to the times and events listed above, the UP Center will be working with local youth to populate the intersection of Green and Wright street (near the Alma Mater) with signs and bodies from 4pm-5pm ensuring that the day’s events are visible even if people are simply driving by. This “Youth and Adult Rally” group will then migrate over to the large “Breaking the Silence Rally” happening on the main quad at 5pm.

More information on the David Yost talk:

David is an actor and producer best known for his role as Billy on the television show “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”. In a 2010 interview, David revealed that he left the show due to the harassment he experienced from the producers regarding his homosexuality. This harassment consisted of being called homosexual epithets and questioning his co-stars about his sexuality.

David attempted to to complete conversion therapy and experienced a nervous breakdown that resulted in his hospitalization. After living in Mexico, David came to accept his sexuality. David is a prime example that anyone can be a superhero regardless of their sexual orientation.

What: Day of Silence with David Yost
Where: Illini Union 314
When: Friday April 19, 2013 at 7pm

Sponsored by Pride, Student Cultural Programming Fee, Student Organization Resource Fee

The Rainbow Bookbag Conference


eCISSA is working with the College of Education to put on the second annual Rainbow Bookbag conference taking place on April 26, 2013  here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

From identity development to school safety, curriculum design to legal concerns, future school professionals have lots to think about when it comes to inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students and their allies in school communities. Through Rainbow Bookbag conference sessions participants will work collaboratively to develop skills and increase awareness of resources to build safe and inclusive schools.

Keynote Speaker: Bryan Lake, nationally recognized kindergarten teacher and East Central Illinois Safe Schools Alliance facilitator

Sessions: Defining the Rainbow and Beyond Alphabet Soup, LGBT Legal Issues in Schools, LGBTQA Student Experience Panel, Safe Schools training, Integrating LGBTQ People and Issues into the Curriculum

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Workshops, panels, and speakers take place in the ACES Library Heritage Room. Lunch will be provided.

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Reception and Resource Fair in the Education Building

Register now by visiting go.illinois.edu/rainbowregistration.

We hope to see you there!

Join us after the resource fair for a screening of Scary Normal and Q&A with filmmaker, Jennifer Bechtel!

February Planning and Training Committee Meeting

On Wednesday February 13th, we will be having our monthly Planning and Training Committee Meeting.  We highly encourage any individuals wishing to get involved in our efforts to please join!  The Facebook event page can be found HERE

Where: A conference room located in the basement of the Urbana Free Library

When: Wednesday February 13th from 6:00PM until 7:00PM

We hope to see you there!