|[January 09, 2013]
Unique Minnesota Conference, January 18, 2013, Aims to Reduce GLBT Bullying in Schools
MINNEAPOLIS --(Business Wire)--
A one-of-a-kind conference in Minnesota will be held Friday, January 18,
2013 at Hamline University in St. Paul to help teachers, social workers,
administrators, coaches, athletic directors -- as well as students and
parents of GLBT individuals -- to create a safe school environment. The 2nd
annual conference is hosted by PFLAG Twin (News - Alert) Cities, a nonprofit that
promotes the health and well-being of the GLBT community, their families
The conference will also feature a forum moderated by Philadelphia
Flyers' scout Patrick Burke, and will highlight a panel of
gay and lesbian athletes, including Esera Tuaolo, former NFL
player; Nick Kleidon, former high school hockey player who came
out as gay in his 2012 senior speech; and Becca Lindquist, former
NCAA rower and co-founder of the Cal Student Athlete Gay-Straight
will recognize five individuals and organizations that have demonstrated
a commitment to making schools safer for GLBT students.
Outstanding Ally Award Winner - Cal Clutterbuck
hockey player and forward for the Minnesota Wild, Clutterbuck, a
straight ally, reaches out to the NHL and its players to end homophobia
Outstanding Student Award Winner - Alec Fischer
2012 Edina High School graduate, has produced a powerful documentary
about the effects of bullying on the lives of Minnesota students.
Outstanding Educators Award Winners - Chad Kampe and Janet Thometz,
School of Minnesota
FSM has been a leader in developing
age-appropriate gender, sexuality and family curriculum in the lower
Outstanding Organization Award winner - MN School OUTReach Coalition
brings together students, educators, families, community members and
organizations to address the issues of sexual orientation, gender
identity and expression.
Robert & Joyce Curoe Family Award winner - The Lagerstrom Family
and David Lagerstrom are the supportive parents of Sam, a transgender
teenager who has transitioned female to male.
PFLAG's conference begins at 8:15 a.m. on Friday, January 18, 2013 at
Hamline University. The conference -- sponsored by the Hedgeman Center
for Student Diversity Initiatives and Programs at Hamline -- includes
lunch and a resource fair, followed by a dinner and awards ceremony. To
register, contact Jackie Lee Stone at 612-245-1483; Conference2012@PFLAGTC.com.
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