The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance honored the Clinton Rosette Middle School Gay-Straight Alliance for its leadership in making Illinois schools safer for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. The club is co-run by CRMS staff Alexandria Henry and Christine Somers.
The award was presented at the annual Alliance Brunch: On the Road on Oct. 6 at The Chicago Cultural Center.
This year, the Alliance offered three awards to recognize Illinois leaders who have worked to ensure schools and communities are safe for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression:
The Ally of the Year award, which CRMS GSA was awarded, recognizes a person, business, or group for their generous support – or exemplary demonstration – of the Alliance’s programmatic work. This year the Alliance honored Clinton Rosette Middle School for its pioneering leadership as one of the first middle school Gay-Straight Alliances in the state.
This is the club’s second award this year. The Northern Illinois University LGBT Resource Center presented CRMS with the Ally of the Year Award.