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EVANSTON TOWNSHIP (ETHS) GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Eric Brown, advisor
1600 Dodge, Evanston, IL 60204
(847) 424-7117 ext. 8180
browne@eths.k12.il.us

Started in 1997. Prior to that, ETHS had a gay rights club. Mission statement: Raising awareness of issues related to sexual orientation and educating to reduce homophobia.

 

FREMD H.S. PRIDE SUPPORT GROUP

Dr. Joe Pikor, advisor
1000 S. Quentin Rd., Palatine, IL 60067-7099

 

GLENBARD WEST H.S. "PRISM" GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Ellen Jo Ljung, advisor
670 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 469-8600
IMWriter@aol.com

Started March 2000. Meets after school on campus to: provide a safe place for students and staff to talk and to ask questions; provide educational resources; and create an environment and school culture of tolerance and respect. Other advisors: Judith Weinstock, Bonnielynn Kreiser, Ed Pettus.

 

GLENBROOK NORTH H.S. DIVERSITY CLUB

Margie Andre, advisor
2300 Shermer, Northbrook, IL 60062 - (847) 509-2532
mandre@glenbrook.k12.il.us

May include some LGBT issues as part of club. Started in October 1999.

 

GLENBROOK NORTH HIGH SCHOOL GAY STRIGHT ALLIANCE

 
Pat Murphy,PatMurph@aol.com and Barbara Taylor, BTaylor@glenbrook.k12.il.us, advisors
2300 Shermer Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062

Started in Fall 2000. We are a supportive group that educates and creates an environment of acceptance for all people in the school and the community

 

 

GLENBROOK SOUTH H.S. "GLASS" GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Katy Hansen, advisor, khansen@glenbrook.k12.il.us (847) 486-4565
Cheryl Hope, advisor chope@glenbrook.k12.il.us (847) 486-4504
4000 W. Lake Ave.
Glenview, IL 60025

GLASS=Gay Lesbian And Straight Students. Started in September 2000.

 

HERSEY H.S. GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Larry Lesperance, advisor
1900 E. Thomas, Arlington Hts., IL 60004
LL4852@aol.com
 

ILL. MATH & SCIENCE ACADEMY "SPECTRUM" GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Donna Thompson, advisor
1500 W. Sullivan, Aurora, IL 60506 -
amoeba@imsa.edu , kellio@imsa.edu

LGBT club/support group at residential school for academically advanced students grades 10-12. Started in 1995.

 

J. F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Tina Beacock, advisor
6325 W 56th St.
Chicago, IL 60638
(773)535-2325
 

Started in December 2000. The group's purpose is to educate the population of the school and the community, to help people of all orientations overcome prejudice, and provide a safe place for all students (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, straight, and questioning) a safe place to network.

 

JONES ACADEMIC MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL

Jim DuBois, advisor
606 S. State St
Chicago, IL 60605
patiencem@compuserve.com (club president's address)
 

This Gay/Straight Alliance is a school-based support group which provides students with a place to meet and talk about various personal, school, home, and community issues, as well as issues relating to sexual orientation. This group also gives gay, lesbian, bisexual, questioning, and heterosexual students a safe place to discuss their feelings and fears related to sexual orientation. The group aims to help reduce anti-gay violence, harassment and discrimination by educating the school community about homophobia and by encouraging a greater degree of understanding from students and school personnel. (We also welcome the transgender community.)

 

LANE TECH H.S. "ROOM FOR ALL" GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Byron Jones, advisor
2501 W. Addison, St. Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 534-5400
Bjones888@aol.com

Pride club/gay-straight alliance. Started in 1997. Primary activities: Write letters, discuss news in the LBGT community, make flyers, hang out and support each other.

 

LATIN SCHOOL GAY-STRAIGHT STUDENT-FACULTY ALLIANCE

Betty Lark Ross, advisor
59 W. North Blvd., Chicago, IL 60610-1492
(312) 573-4574
bross@latinschool.org

For students and faculty. Started 1998. Meets every 2-3 weeks. In private school for grades 9-12. Primary purpose and activities: Provide youth opportunities to discuss issues related to sexual orientation, educate the school community about GLBT issues , and have fun.

 

LIBERTYVILLE H.S. DIVERSITY CLUB

Ms. Mickey Kirschbaum, advisor
708 W. Park Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048

May include some LGBT issues as part of club.

 

LINCOLN PARK HIGH SCHOOL - SUDS

Kathy Kelly and Chris Kene, advisors
2001 N. Orchard
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 534-8130

Our mission statement : To provide a non-judgemental environment facilitating communication and understanding between students of diverse sexualities. Our club started in 1999

SUDS = Students Understand Diverse Sexuality

 

 

MAINE SOUTH H.S. "SPUD" GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Kristen Salathiel, advisor
Park Ridge, IL 60068 - (847) 692-8562
ksalath@aol.com

SPUD = Students Preserving Unity and Diversity. Started January in 2000.

 

MARSHALL H.S. "PRIDE CLUB" GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Jacquelyn Trainer, advisor
3250 W. Adams, Chicago, IL 60624-2901- (773) 534-6473
fax: (773) 534-6409

Started in September 1997. The group's purpose is to educate the population of the school and help people of all orientations overcome prejudice. All students (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, straight, and unsure of orientation) are welcome.

 

MORTON EAST GAY AND STRAIGHT ALLIANCE (M.E.G.A.S.A.)

Advisor: Mr. Whitmore, Mr. Frankfother, Mr. Slomka
2423 S. Austin Blvd.
Cicero, IL 60804
708-222-5700
megasa2000_2001@hotmail.com

Meetings are held weekly and are student run. The purpose of the club is to increase awareness and acceptance, also to provide a safe spot for people to deal with issues of the week.

 

 

NAPERVILLE CENTRAL H.S. GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Pam George, advisor
440 Aurora Dr., Naperville, IL 60565
pgeorge@ncusd203.org

Started in November 1999. Mission: Support any form or participation (silent or loud) of any student or faculty member regardless of their sexual orientation. Objectives: To influence students and faculty at our school through education; promote action and legislation that eliminates heterosexism in the school; build and strengthen other groups such as ours; communicate our goals to the school; respond strategically to groups and people that promote heterosexism.

 

NAPERVILLE NORTH H.S. GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Kermit Eby, advisor
1135 Clarence Ave., Oak Park, IL 60304 - (708) 358-0751

 

NEW TRIER H.S. "CTA" GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Daniel Bender and Jo Ellen Ham, advisors
385 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka, IL 60093-4295
(847)784-6653
benderd@nttc.org, hamj@nttc.org

Committed To Action is a student organization committed to fighting homophobia at New Trier High School and to providing a safe educational environment for all members of our school community. CTA is a safe haven for all GLBT&S students and staff who share the dream of creating equal social and educational opportunities for all and who want to work to make that happen at New Trier.

  

NILES NORTH H.S. LGBT SUPPORT GROUP

Patricia Murphy-Finnerty, advisor
9800 Lawler Ave., Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 563-3200
Patfin@niles-hs.k12.il.us

Started fall 1995. Meets weekly. Confidential counseling group for students dealing with sexual orientation issues. Publicized by word of mouth, through Student Services dept. Purpose: Offers a "safe place" for students who are lesbian/gay, bisexual, or just unsure of their own sexuality; a place to feel comfortable with their sexual identity and assess various components of their lives. Advisors: Patricia Finnerty (social worker), Tim Ortmann (counselor), and Mike Watanabe (teacher).

 

NILES WEST H.S. GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE 

John Heintz and Christina Stoll, advisors
5701 Oakton, Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 568-3682
johhei@niles-hs.k12.il.us ; chrsto@niles-hs.k12.il.us

Started in 1998. Goals: Develop acceptance of homosexuality, stop fear and heterosexism, network with other GSAs. Projects: Publish newsletter, participate in school activities, get other clubs involved in the cause, promote LGBT visibility, sponsor speakers, show films, produce annual GSA performance coffeehouse in Oakton Lobby.

 

NILES WEST H.S. LGBT SUPPORT GROUP

Kim Landini, advisor
5701 Oakton, Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 568-3577
Kimlan@niles-hs.k12.il.us

Started in the Fall 1995. Confidential, during-the-school-day, psychologist/teacher-run support group.

 

OAK PARK & RIVER FOREST H.S. "PLACE FOR ALL" GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Ron Heister and Craig Larson, advisors
201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
rheister@oprfhs.org, clarson@oprfhs.org

Gay-Straight Alliance started in 1999. Mission: To provide a support group and a place of discussion for those who have been troubled by prejudice involving sexuality. To work towards making our school and community at large accepting of sexually diverse people.

 

PROSPECT H.S. "PRISM" GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Phil Koehl, advisor
801 W. Kensington Rd., Mount Prospect, IL 60056-1194
(847) 718-5280
pkoehl@dist214.k12.il.us

Started in October 1997. Mission: To meet the needs of and affirm all students by providing respect, addressing discrimination, and providing educational support for Prospect students and staff, with particular regard toward sexual minorities.

 

STEVENSON H.S. "PROJECT 10 MIDWEST" LGBT SUPPORT GROUP

Janet Sushinski, advisor
One Stevenson Dr., Lincolnshire, IL 60069
(847) 634-4000 xt. 364
fax: (847) 634-0983
jsushinski@ district125.k12.il.us

Started in February 1997. The school is also developing a diversity club and GLTB issues will be addressed in that format. Meets on a rotating period basis during the school day to support students struggling with issues of sexual orientation. Offered through student services department. Sample topics: coming out to safe sex to safety issues to parent issues. Bring in occasional guest speakers (long-term relationship couple, PFLAG parents, etc.).

 

UNI HIGH GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Suzanne Linder, advisor
University Laboratory High School
1212 W Springfield Ave
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 244-8580
mceper@uni.uiuc.edu

Started in Fall 1999. Mission statement: We, the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) of Uni High, endevour to provide a safer climate and support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) students and their allies, raise awareness about LGBT issues as reflected in our culture, and provide a forum for the discussion of these issues and their portrayal in religions, our culture and the media,and become involved with the school community, community at large, and other GSA's relating to LGBT issues.

 

UNIV. of CHGO. LAB SCHOOL "GAYLA" GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Craig Reubelt, advisor
1362 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-0587
gayla@vertex.ucls. uchicago.edu

http://www.ucls.uchicago.edu/activities/student-orgs/gayla/

Pride club/gay-straight alliance/support group in private H.S. Started in 1997. Students and adults of all orientations are welcome. Primary purpose/activities: Education and "safe space" inside Lab school; discussion of LGBT issues.

 

WHEATON-WARRENVILLE SOUTH GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Jenne Dehmlow, advisor
1993 Tiger Trail, Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 682-2049
Hghwaychil@aol.com

 

WHITNEY YOUNG H.S. PRIDE CLUB

Neil Rutstein, advisor
211 S. Laflin, Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 534-7500
ElMistii@aol.com, clairvoyant@bust.com

Founded in 1996. Whitney Young was the first H.S. in the Chicago public school system to form a gay-straight alliance. Mission: To promote awareness and acceptance of the LGBT community within the school. Pride is an organization devoted to promoting acceptance of all students in and out of our school, regardless of sexual orientation. We want to bridge the gap between queer and straight students and create a space where people of all orientations and opinions feel comfortable and welcome. Our primary activities include an annual Day of Acceptance, participation in the National Day of Silence, and an interactive bulletin board for discussion.

 

YORK H.S. "AS.IS" GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Charles Laliberté and Amy Thompson, advisors
355 W. St. Charles Rd., Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 617-2400
claliberte@elmhurst.k12.il.us

Started 1998. As.Is strives to assure that each person at York is valued and respected, regardless of sexual orientation. We welcome all students and staff who share in this philosophy. Goals: To provide a safe environment for all students and staff; to provide a supportive group who will further the mission statement by discussing issues about acceptance; the find ways to make the entire York community aware of issues of acceptance and safety for all students. Although As.Is deals with sexual topics, we encourage abstinence.

 

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