Thursday, June 2, 2011

IPN to Present at First Federal LGBT Youth Summit


Des Moines, Iowa– June 2 – Iowa Pride Network has been invited to the nation’s capital to present at the first-ever Federal Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Youth Summit on June 6 and 7th. 

Iowa Pride Network is a statewide nonprofit organization working to make schools and colleges safe for all students by empowering students to combat bullying, homophobia, tranphobia, and hate. The network has become a nationally recognized leader in student leadership development and safe school policies.

Ryan Roemerman, Executive Director of Iowa Pride Network will present on a policy panel discussing strategies to improve public policy at the state, local and national levels to create safe and suppotive learning environments for LGBT youth.

Erin Kraber and Alexandra Nassif, both students at the University of Iowa and Sarah Mowitz, recent Roosevelt High School graduate, will co-present a workshop with the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance entitled, "The Power of Youth Leadership in Passing and Implementing Enumerated Bullying Policies at the District and State Level."

“We’re proud to be invited to participate in this historic summit and for the opportunity to highlight Iowa’s pioneering work regarding safe school policy and student leadership,” stated Roemerman.

Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius will kick off the two day summit along with Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.


About Iowa Pride Network
Iowa Pride Network empowers students to fight bullying, homophobia, transphobia and hate in high schools and colleges by supporting gay-straight alliance (GSA) clubs and providing leadership opportunities and organizing projects centered on social justice. For more information call Iowa Pride Network at 515-471-8062 or visit