From: Eric Albert-Gauthier*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Subject: Safe Schools Coalition - Seattle Pride Parade
June 2, 2008
The Seattle Out and Proud Board of Directors would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations on the selection of Safe Schools Coalition as a Grand Marshal for the 2008 Seattle Pride Parade. You should feel proud of the accomplishments you have achieved for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community. You were nominated and selected from the Seattle LGBT Community.
That’s why we are proud to have you lead the parade on Sunday, June 29th in downtown Seattle.
If you choose to accept this honor, please send a logo or picture and a bio for Safe Schools Coalition that we can use in print and on the web.
Please let me know if you accept this honor, and then I can provide you with more information.
June 5, 2008
Safe Schools Coalition selected as Grand Marshal of the Seattle Pride Parade!
The Coalition is proud to announce that The Seattle Out and Proud Board of Directors has chosen us to serve as a Grand Marshal of the (June 29) 2008 Seattle Pride Parade!!
This was the letter of nomination:
The Safe Schools Coalition was the spark that, 20 years ago this year, ignited the international movement for LGBTQ-safe-and-welcoming-schools. The Coalition did ground-breaking research that documented the anti-LGBTQ humiliation and the physical and sexual assaults happening in elementary middle and high schools all over the state. Today, the Coalition helps schools become safe places for every student, family and employee regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
The Coalition’s members now include some national organizations and groups in other states, but it was founded in Seattle and still is largely the work of local volunteers and organizations, especially Public Health – Seattle & King County, the Washington Education Association, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, American Friends Service Committee, King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, Planned Parenthood of Western Washington, Greater Seattle Business Association, and Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities.
The Safe Schools Coalition trains teachers and principals and other school staff. It provides crisis intervention in Washington State for students experiencing anti-LGBTQ abuse at school. It provides an internationally respected listserve and web site that serve as clearinghouses where educators, parents and student activists from Aberdeen to Zimbabwe can find the tools they need from inclusive lesson plans, policies, books, and films to training tools.
The Coalition addresses oppression in its broadest sense, even as it focuses on heterosexism, homophobia and transphobia. It's always prided itself on serving schools as a trusted resource rather than as an adversarial outsider. And it is often unsung at events like Pride because it tries to shine the spotlight on its member organizations instead of the Coalition as a whole. Maybe this 20th anniversary year is the year to shift the spotlight of appreciation on the umbrella organization that so many people all over the world count on for resources and consultation.