The Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition is a collaboration of people and organizations who believe that no student should ever feel too afraid to go to school. Harassment, bullying, and unfair school policy can make schools into hostile places for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth or young people who are mistakenly perceived to be queer. We train students and allies to make schools safer while fighting for long-term policy change.
The mission of the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition is to ensure that all students have a safe learning environment by protecting students’ constitutional rights, ending homophobia, transphobia, sexism, and all forms of discrimination, and fostering acceptance of students regardless of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity through public education and advocacy.
MSSC believes that it’s impossible to make schools safe without giving young people a voice; for this reason, the coalition is youth led. We work to empower young people by not just listening to their stories but training them to present their own stories and make decisions about organizing around safe schools work.