Numerous bills have been introduced throughout the U.S. that target LGBT students. However, a project was created to give schools a chance to help empower these students by applying for grants.

The It Gets Better Project began the 50 States. 50 Grants. 5000 Voices initiative to allow schools to apply for up to $10,000 in funds to support LGBT students and was made available to middle and high schools in every state. The project has now announced the winners.

Fifty grants are being awarded in 40 states plus Washington D.C., including many traditionally conservative areas. A community-wide Pride event at a school in Florida won one of these grants.

The grant opportunities were made possible by the support of American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (AEO) through American Eagle and Aerie customer donations from all 50 states via their Real Rewards loyalty program, as well as an in-store pin-pad promotion during Pride Month 2021.

Below are the 2022 recipients of the 50 States. 50 Grants. 5000 Voices. School names have been published with the permission of school administrators:

  • Magic City Acceptance Academy in Homewood, Alabama
  • A GSA and Pride event at a school in Arizona
  • A mental health resource library at a high school in Arkansas
  • A GSA club at a high school in San Diego, California
  • Fremont High School in Oakland, California
  • Baldwin Park High School in Baldwin Park, California
  • Telluride Middle High School in Telluride, Colorado
  • Ansonia High School in Ansonia, Connecticut
  • Positive Outcomes Charter School in Camden, Delaware
  • Center City Public Charter School – Petworth Campus in Washington D.C.
  • DreamHouse ‘Ewa Beach Public Charter  School in Kapolei, Hawaii
  • Maine West High School in Des Plaines, Illinois
  • An education and mural project at a high school in Indiana
  • Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana
  • An LGBT inclusive library project at a school in Kentucky
  • Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies in Metairie, Louisiana
  • Cape Elizabeth High School in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
  • Hammon High School in Columbia, Maryland
  • Carver Middle High School in Carver, Massachusetts
  • Strengthening new school GSA’s to promote LGBT inclusion at a school in Massachusetts
  • ACTech and STEMM Middle College High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Portage Northern High School in Portage, Michigan
  • Partnership Academy in Richfield, Minnesota
  • Ida B Wells APAC High School Program in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Brookfield High School in Brookfield, Missouri
  • A gender-inclusive closet at a high school in Missouri
  • Grand Island Senior High School in Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Surry Village Charter School in Surry, New Hampshire
  • Hackensack Middle School in Hackensack, New Jersey
  • Woodstown High School in Woodstown, New Jersey
  • Centennial High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Edward Smith K-8 School in Syracuse, New York
  • An art therapy program at a school in North Carolina
  • LGBT inclusive resources for staff and students at a school in North Dakota
  • Campus International High School in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • A club based on LGBT equity and advocacy at a high school in Oregon
  • Renaissance Academy Charter School in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
  • Update curriculum to include LGBT contributions at a school in Rhode Island
  • A mural with local artists to highlight the LGBT community at a school in South Dakota
  • A series of events during Pride Week at a school in Nashville, Tennessee
  • IDEA North Mission College Preparatory in Mission, Texas
  • Layton High School in Layton, Utah
  • Homer L. Hines Middle School in Newport News, Virginia
  • Salem High School in Salem, Virginia
  • Hanford High School in Richland, Washington
  • Walden III High School in Racine, Wisconsin
  • Edison Middle School in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • An LGBT little libraries project throughout the state of Wyoming

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