DeKALB – The Gay-Straight Alliance at Clinton Rosette Middle School in DeKalb was honored by the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance for its efforts to make school safer for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
The alliance was named Ally of the Year by the Safe Schools Alliance. Other honorees were Christie Aird, Advocate of the Year, and Emma Leff, Activist of the Year.
“I commend these leaders for taking strides to ensure all students in their schools, including students of different sexual orientations, are being educated in safe and inclusive environments,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch, a founding member of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.
The Ally of the Year award recognizes generous support or exemplary demonstration of the Alliance’s programming. Clinton Rosette was honored for its leadership as one of the first middle school Gay-Straight Alliances in the state.
The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance promotes safety, support and healthy development for LGBTQ youth in Illinois schools and communities. The Alliance develops youth leadership skills, promotes public policy reform with local government and school systems, trains school personnel, supports gay-straight alliances, and provides technical assistance.