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August 2013 Newsletter


GLSEN Greater Kansas City

Back-to-School Again


As we begin a new school year, GLSEN Greater Kansas CIty is very excited to introduce the first edition of our chapter newsletter! We hope you find it to be both informative and inspiring!

Fall 2013 Safe Space Kit Training

SSK at Lighthouse 2012In the fall of 2012, GLSEN Greater Kansas City presented its first training on the Safe Space Kit published by GLSEN, Inc. This fall we will again present training on the kit. GLSEN's Safe Space Kit gives practical ways that a school staff can provide a positive learning environment for every student, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

We will present the Know the Issues workshop on September 28, the Become an Ally workshop on October 26, and the Be an Advocate workshop on November 9. All workshops are three hours in length and will be held at the LikeMe Lighthouse at 3909 Main Street in Kansas City, MO. The worshops are present by GLSEN certified facilitators. All participants who complete the work will receive a certificate for CEU (MO) or IDP (KS) points in their school districts.

Education professionals who are interested in registering for one or more of these workshops can do so at by clicking here. Each workshop is available for $40 for 3 hours of in-service credit. 


GLSEN GKC to involve youth

As a chapter, GLSEN Greater Kansas City has been concentrating its efforts the last several years on delivering training for education professionals. In 2013, our efforts will also include laying the groundwork for developing youth leaders in our chapter.

Over the next year, GLSEN GKC volunteers, Timothy Sallee and Shane Fitzpatrick will be working together to help us to identify and develop youth leaders and to prepare our chapter for application to become part of the GLSEN National Jump-Start National Leadership Team, a leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and ally youth designed to promote direct action community organizing and community engagement.


Co-chairs table at St. Joe Pride

GLSEN GKC's two co-chairs, David Alonzo and Diane Constantin, were welcomed by Donna Ross and the Zion United Church of Christ congregation to represent GLSEN at St. Joseph's first Gay Pride Event, which was held at the church in St. Joseph on June 8. The co-chairs spread the news about GLSEN to many who were unfamiliar with the organization and were able to reach out to residents from St. Joseph and surrounding areas.


Deb Connor to KASP

Dr. Jim Persinger executive board member of the Kansas Association of School Psychologists (KASP) has extended an invitation to the chapter to present at KASP's annual meeting in Wichita. Persinger said that the mission of the organization is to "advocate for the psychological and educational well-being of Kansas Children. . . We have had a particular focus in recent years on creating more healthy climates for all children, eliminating bullying and bias language." Deb Connor will be representing the chapter at the convention on October 17 in Wichita.


Training of Trainers in Kansas City

GLSEN's Training of Trainers program prepares volunteers to facilitate Professional Development workshops for education staff in our K-12 schools. These workshops help foster a safer school environment for LGBT students, staff, and faculty.

In the spring of 2014, GLSEN's Greater Kansas City and Omaha chapters are teaming up to host a Regional Training of Trainers here in Kansas City. Despite the event being almost a year away, planning is well underway and ahead of schedule.

The Regional Training of Trainers will be hosted June 6-8, 2014. If you would like to learn more or volunteer please email us at


Facebook Group to Page

On July 14th, 2013 GLSEN Greater Kansas City officially moved its Facebook operations from an open group to a new page that will make it easier to provide information to all of its social media outlets. We will no longer accept requests to join our page and soon will close down the group.

Head over to to like the new page!


Anti-bullying ordinance

The City Council of Kansas City, MO recently passed a much needed anti-bullying ordinance that protects our students from bullying on campus and off. Under the new ordinance, parents can be fined up to $1000 if their student is found to have bullied in addition to potential mandatory anti-bullying classes. GLSEN Greater Kansas City applauds the city council for taking such a vital step towards creating a safer school environment.

Currently, the state of Missouri has no LGBT enumerations in place for anti-bullying. Kansas City's own State Representative Judy Morgan (District 24) has sponsored legislation (HB477) that would include LGBT student protections. The legislature has taken no action on this bill since May. Read an editorial about this in the Kansas City Star by clicking here.


2013 National School Climate Survey

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network is conducting its eighth national school climate survey that provides valuable insight into the environment that students face in schools across the nation. The information gleaned from these surveys have an impact on policy and awareness. This year is no different, and the voices of our students need to be heard. If you attended middle school or high school in the past year, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning, and are at least 13 years old, click here. Read more about the survey here