Safe Schools South Florida presents
Dr. Marilyn Volker | Photo Courtesy of Thomas Lander

Safe Schools South Florida presents

“Kaleidoscope” Event honors LGBTQ Youth and Student Support PIONEERS

Content provided by Tom Lander

Safe Schools South Florida presents three pioneers of LGBTQ youth and student support at our annual fundraiser, “Kaleidoscope.” The event is Saturday, September 21, from 6 PM – 9 PM at Coral Gables Congregational Church, 30 DeSoto Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL, located across from the Biltmore Hotel. 

Honoree Dr. Marilyn Volker established the first South Florida LGBTQ youth support group in 1981. In 1993 longtime Miami-Dade County Public School Board members, Honoree Betsy Kaplan (posthumously) and Honoree Janet McAliley helped created the first public school board policy in the Southeastern United States to protect gay & lesbian students and staff from harassment and discrimination.

Betsy Kaplan | Photo Courtesy of Thomas Lander

Funds raised will support Safe Schools South Florida’s programs, including our annual student leadership trainings, diversity conferences, educator trainings for teachers, counselors, administrators and staff to best prevent and intervene in bullying LGBTQ students real or perceived and bullying of any students. Funds also support Safe Schools South Florida’s SpeakOUT Speakers Bureau, which helps educate parents/guardians, students, educators and the community about the diverse lives of LGBTQ people. 

Over our past 28 years of service, Safe Schools South Florida trained over 15,000 educators who positively affected the daily lives of over 1.5 million students.

Janet McAliley | Photo Courtesy of Thomas Lander

Additionally, Safe Schools South Florida events brought together over 8,000 LGBTQ students and allies from schools throughout South Florida. 

Safe Schools South Florida is the only organization in South Florida comprised of education professionals committed to training other education professionals, school staff, youth service provider agencies, parents/guardians, and families and communities to create safer schools and communities where all students can learn and thrive! 

For more information on Kaleidoscope, including how to become a sponsor and to purchase tickets, visit