EVANSTON TOWNSHIP (ETHS) GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCEEric Brown, advisor 1600 Dodge, Evanston, IL 60204 (847) 424-7117 ext. 8180 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 GROUPDr. Joe Pikor, advisor 1000 S. Quentin Rd., Palatine, IL 60067-7099
GLENBARD WEST H.S. "PRISM" GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCEEllen 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 CLUBMargie Andre, advisor 2300 Shermer, Northbrook, IL 60062 - (847) 509-2532 email@example.com
May include some LGBT issues as part of club. Started in October 1999.
GLENBROOK NORTH HIGH SCHOOL GAY STRIGHT ALLIANCEPat 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 ALLIANCEKaty Hansen, advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org (847) 486-4565 Cheryl Hope, advisor email@example.com (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 ALLIANCELarry Lesperance, advisor 1900 E. Thomas, Arlington Hts., IL 60004 LL4852@aol.com
ILL. MATH & SCIENCE ACADEMY "SPECTRUM" GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCEDonna Thompson, advisor 1500 W. Sullivan, Aurora, IL 60506 - firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
LGBT club/support group at residential school for academically advanced students grades 10-12. Started in 1995.
J. F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCETina 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 SCHOOLJim DuBois, advisor 606 S. State St Chicago, IL 60605 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 ALLIANCEByron 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 ALLIANCEBetty Lark Ross, advisor 59 W. North Blvd., Chicago, IL 60610-1492 (312) 573-4574 email@example.com
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 CLUBMs. Mickey Kirschbaum, advisor 708 W. Park Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048
May include some LGBT issues as part of club.
LINCOLN PARK HIGH SCHOOL - SUDSKathy 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 ALLIANCEKristen Salathiel, advisor Park Ridge, IL 60068 - (847) 692-8562 firstname.lastname@example.org
SPUD = Students Preserving Unity and Diversity. Started January in 2000.
MARSHALL H.S. "PRIDE CLUB" GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCEJacquelyn 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 email@example.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 ALLIANCEPam George, advisor 440 Aurora Dr., Naperville, IL 60565 firstname.lastname@example.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 ALLIANCEKermit Eby, advisor 1135 Clarence Ave., Oak Park, IL 60304 - (708) 358-0751
NEW TRIER H.S. "CTA" GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCEDaniel Bender and Jo Ellen Ham, advisors 385 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka, IL 60093-4295 (847)784-6653 email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.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 GROUPPatricia 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 ALLIANCEJohn Heintz and Christina Stoll, advisors 5701 Oakton, Skokie, IL 60077 (847) 568-3682 email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org
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 GROUPKim 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 ALLIANCERon Heister and Craig Larson, advisors 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302 email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.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 ALLIANCEPhil Koehl, advisor 801 W. Kensington Rd., Mount Prospect, IL 60056-1194 (847) 718-5280 email@example.com
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 GROUPJanet 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 ALLIANCESuzanne Linder, advisor University Laboratory High School 1212 W Springfield Ave Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 244-8580 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ALLIANCECraig Reubelt, advisor 1362 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 702-0587 email@example.com. uchicago.edu
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 ALLIANCEJenne Dehmlow, advisor 1993 Tiger Trail, Wheaton, IL 60187 (630) 682-2049 Hghwaychil@aol.com
WHITNEY YOUNG H.S. PRIDE CLUBNeil Rutstein, advisor 211 S. Laflin, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 534-7500 ElMistii@aol.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ALLIANCECharles Laliberté and Amy Thompson, advisors 355 W. St. Charles Rd., Elmhurst, IL 60126 (630) 617-2400 email@example.com
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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