About Us

Our Mission

The California Safe Schools Coalition is a statewide partnership of organizations and individuals dedicated to eliminating discrimination and harassment on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity in California schools. Our chief goal is to ensure the effective and comprehensive implementation of the California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000 by:

Coalition Building – Developing a broad, effective statewide partnership that represents the diverse needs of all students in California and that drives change at both the state and local levels.

Evaluation – Gaining a comprehensive understanding of discrimination and harassment in California schools and evaluating the efforts to prevent and remedy this discrimination and harassment.

Accountability – Holding the State of California accountable for providing a safe school environment for all students and for implementing the California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000 in every school.

Local Change – Spreading quality training and education to more local school districts and empowering local activists to advocate more effectively for change.

Our Steering Committee

Organizational Members

Anti-Defamation League

California Teachers Association

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)

Equality California

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education
Network (GLSEN)

Gay-Straight Alliance Network

L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

Our Family Coalition

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

San Diego LGBT Community Center

Transgender Law Center

Members of the California Safe Schools Coalition


American Association of University Women, California
American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties
American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California
American Friends Service Committee
Americas Parade
AFSC-Hawaii Gay Liberation Program
Antelope Valley Human Relations Task Force
Anti-Defamation League
Asian Health Services
Asian Pacific Islanders for Human Rights
API Legal Outreach Youth Advisory Council
AQUA, API Wellness Center
Arcata High School SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere)
Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center
California School Nurses Association
California Teachers Association
Capistrano Unified School District
Committee to Assure Respect in Schools (CARS)
Caruthers High School
Center for Human Development, Empowerment Program
Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)
City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission
Claremont Committee on Human Relations
Common Ground-The Westside HIV Community Center
Communities United Against Violence (CUAV)
Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC)
Daly City Youth Health Center
Dodge City Days
Edison United
End the Statistic
Equality California
Equal Rights Advocates
Escondido Union High School District
Fantasy Footballer
Friends of Project 10 Inc.
Fringe Benefits
FTM Alliance of Los Angeles
Gay & Lesbian Youth Services of Western New York
Gay Associated Youth
Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services (GLASS)
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
GLSEN Los Angeles
GLSEN Greater Sacramento
GLSEN North Bay
GLSEN Orange County
GLSEN Peninsula-South Bay
GLSEN San Diego County
GLSEN Santa Cruz County
Gay-Straight Alliance Network
Granada High School GSA
Health Initiatives for Youth
Human Rights Watch
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
Lambda Legal
Los Angeles Leadership Academy
Marin Human Rights Roundtable on Hate Violence
Marina Gay Straight Alliance
Mendocino County Youth Project
Monterey High GSA
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
Morningside High School GSA
Movement Strategy Center
The Mochon Foundation, Inc.
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
National Conference for Community & Justice (NCCJ)
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
Northside School
Not In Our Town/The Working Group
Oakland Unified School District
Orange County Human Relations Commission
Orange County Transgender Taskforce
Pacific Center for Human Growth
Palisades Charter High School Gay-Straight Alliance
Palm Springs Unified School District
Palm Beach Film Festival
Parents for Safe Schools
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
The Peoples Paths
PFLAG Danville/San Ramon Valley
PFLAG Fremont/Newark/Union City
PFLAG Los Angeles
PFLAG San Francisco
PFLAG Fredericksburg, Virginia
The Pop Luck Club
Prism Club, Modesto Junior College
Rainbow Community Center
Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance
The Respect for All Project
Richmond Village Beacon
Rockway Institute for LGBT Research & Public Policy, Alliant International University
Safe Schools Palm Springs/Desert Communities
San Diego LGBT Center
San Francisco Unified School District, Support Services for Sexual Minority Youth
Scouting for All
Scripps Ranch High School Gay-Straight Alliance
Sherman Indian Museum
SMAAC Youth Center
Spectrum Center For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns
Stonewall Alliance of Chico
Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast
Transgender Law Center
Triangle Speakers
Trinidad School
UC Davis Gender & Sexuality Commission
United for Safe Schools Novato
University of San Francisco Alliance/GenderROOTS
Ventura County Office of Education
West Hollywood Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board
Woodland Joint Unified School District
YEAH! Club
Youth Gender Project
Youth In Focus
Youth Together

Senator Sheila Kuehl
Assemblymember Mark Leno
Assemblymember John Laird
Assemblymember Loni Hancock
Assemblymember Christine Kehoe
Assemblymember Paul Koretz
Assemblymember Patricia Wiggins
Carl Wong, Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools
Jim Leddy, Member, Santa Rosa City Schools Board of Education
Stephen Russell, Ph.D., Director, 4-H Center for Youth Development, University of California at Davis
Caitlin Ryan, Director of Adolescent Health Initiatives, César E. Chávez Institute, San Francisco State University
Jennifer Richard, Principal Consultant, Office of State Senator Sheila Kuehl


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