IOWA —Tomorrow, President Donald Trump is reportedly set to sign an executive order establishing “religious exemptions” which will actively allow open discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) people. Iowa Safe Schools Executive Director, Nate Monson, who is available for interviews, released the following statement.

“This executive order looks every LGBTQ child in the face and says you’re not equal and you are worth less. This EO does not protect religious freedoms, instead it promotes hate and fear fueled rhetoric to openly enter our workplaces, schools, and communities. Promoting discrimination against the LGBTQ community, women, and other groups is not only wrong, but is regressive and repulsive.”

“This executive order directly contradicts the unwavering rule of law and core value of equal protection—also known as freedom. It undermines crucial safeguards against discrimination that creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to survive and succeed. If consistent with past draft orders, Trump’s Executive Order could allow school counselors to deny LGBTQ youth life-saving services, school administrators to forbid interracial couples at school functions, and LGBTQ educators could lose their jobs simply because of who they love.”

“This is executive order is a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, women, Muslims, people of color, and other marginalized groups. We call on President Trump to renew his commitment to the LGBTQ community and protect LGBTQ youth by not signing this executive order.”

In response to the reported executive order, Iowa Safe Schools has started a petition to fight against the license to discriminate to make sure President Trump hears the millions of voices this order could impact.


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Iowa Safe Schools Doubles Down on Commitment to GSAs Across Iowa

Iowa Safe Schools’ GSA Network is focused on empowering students to create safe spaces in Iowa schools through youth activism and community support.


Iowa (April 28th, 2017)—Iowa Safe Schools, the largest statewide LGBTQ organization focused on establishing safe, supportive, and nurturing learning environments and communities for LGBTQ and allied youth, today doubled down on their commitment as the State’s sole GSA program provider to expanding and serving gay-straight alliances (GSAs) across the state.

For 15 years, Iowa Safe Schools has worked with students, educators, and families across Iowa to ensure safe spaces and improve school climates. Through this collaboration and service, GSAs provide a place for students to meet, support and listen to each other about their experiences, talk about issues related to sexual/romantic orientation and gender identity/expression, and work to end homophobia/transphobia in their schools. In addition to GSA group support, the Iowa Safe Schools GSA Network provides intervention and safety planning services to individual students who come forward to say they have been targets of bullying or harassment in their schools. Through their Youth Advocate, Iowa Safe Schools meets with students to provide direct service in reporting incidents of bullying, as well as ensuring schools are responding to incidents of bullying. This includes confirming that mental health needs are addressed immediately when an incident occurs.

“We are extremely proud of the expansion of Iowa Safe Schools and our ability to efficiently and effectively serve LGBTQ youth. Doubling down on our commitment to growing the GSA network means we are combating bullying, harassment, and discrimination against students that occurs in our schools”, said Nate Monson, Executive Director of Iowa Safe Schools. “By reducing the number of these incidents which can lead to increased isolation, the use and abuse of substances, and violence against themselves and others, Iowa Safe Schools is dedicated to intervening and providing safe, supportive atmospheres in which students can learn”



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