About The Conference

Save the Date for the 15th Annual Iowa Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth!

We are incredibly excited to be hosting our 15th Annual Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth virtually! We will be hosting our online conference on Monday, May 11, from the comfort of your own home!

All students deserve a safe and supportive place in which to learn including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ).  For many LGBTQ youth, school can be a terrifying place due to bullying, harassment, and discrimination.  In order to eliminate bullying in Iowa schools and create leadership opportunities for LGBTQ youth, Iowa Safe Schools founded the Annual Iowa Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth.

Founded in 2006, the Governor’s Conference is the largest LGBTQ youth conference nationally.  2,000 individuals from over 100 Iowa communities attended in 2019 including students, educators, counselors, administrators, policy makers, parents, faith leaders, youth-serving professionals, and those who just care about the well-being of LGBTQ youth.  Students from Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, and Minnesota have also attended.

The mission of the Annual Iowa Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth is to:

(a) engage and educate students, educators, parents, community leaders, youth-serving professionals, policy makers, and others concerned about issues relevant to the LGBTQ community, and 

(b) encourage networking and activism to inspire our communities to promote diversity, equality, and social justice

Iowa elected and public officials who have spoken at the event in the past include former Governor Tom Vilsack, former Lt. Governor Sally Pederson, former Governor Chet Culver, former Lt. Governor Patty Judge, Congressman Leonard Boswell, Former First Lady Christie Vilsack, Former Iowa Department of Education Director Judy Jeffrey, and Former Iowa Civil Rights Commission Executive Director Beth Townsend.

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