On March 4th the Matthew Shepard Foundation partnered with the Colorado GSA Network to bring together 225 students, teachers and parents from middle schools, high schools and colleges from across the state.
Denver City Council Member Robin Kniech opened the day with remarks about sharing her story and her family during her campaign. She stressed the importance of being an authentic person and the ability of a personal story to make real a difference in how schools treat LGBT students.
There were nearly 30 workshops throughout the day. They covered everything from starting a GSA to programs for new and experiences GSAs. There were sessions covering bullying and harassment and how to make policy changes in schools to make sure that all students feel safe.
The day closed with an emotional and moving session where students talked about what they had learned and what they would be taking back to their schools.
Shelby Kindell of Colorado State University-Pueblo wrote about her experience here.