Teens discuss how to help LGBTQ feel safe at school

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) — More than 1,000 teenagers from across the state rallied at the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines Monday to learn about how to stop homophobic bullying.

A record-breaking 1,500 students adorned in rainbow gear attended the Governor's Conference on LGBTQ Youth to discuss how to help LGBTQ youth feel safe at school.

"Our voices matter and as queer individuals, when we tell our stories, we win,” said Iowa Safe Schools Executive Director Nate Monson.

The non-profit organizes the privately-run conference. Iowa Safe Schools works to create a supportive learning environment for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning their identity.

The conference is aimed at making safer and more inclusive schools for *all kids, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The keynote speaker was television personality, Jonathan Van Ness, from the Netflix show Queer Eye.