Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools (GSAFE) recently began offering trainings for staff at Madison’s community centers. The trainings focused on:
- Raising awareness about the challenges facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth
- Preventing anti-LGBT slurs and bullying, to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for everyone at the centers
After the trainings 100% of staff said that they were more likely to interrupt anti-LGBT bullying, harassment, and name calling, with nearly all saying they were more equipped to do so after the trainings.
One staff member later said, “I’ve made it very clear in many cases that what’s being said is very hurtful and that I’d no longer like to see that type of behavior and language continue. The response is usually pretty good, and the behavior ceases when they see they’ve hit a nerve.”