Gay, Lesbian & Straight Educators Network (GLSEN)
As GLSEN was founded by a group of teachers in 1990, they knew that educators play key roles in creating affirming learning environments for LGBTQ youth. But as well as activating supportive educators, they believe in centering and uplifting student-led movements, which have powered initiatives like the Day of Silence, Ally Week, and more.
They conduct extensive and original research to inform their evidence-based solutions for K-12 education.
They author developmentally appropriate resources for educators to use throughout their school community.
They advise on, advocate for, and research comprehensive policies designed to protect LGBTQ students as well as students of marginalized identities. They’ve brought record support to the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act and fought discriminatory legislation in over 15 states.
They coordinate a network of 43 chapters in 30 states across the nation, to ensure that they have access to schools and districts across the country to reach every student.
They empower students to affect change by supporting student-led efforts to positively impact their own schools and local communities, and have thousands of registered GSAs nationwide.
Today, after over 25 years of leading the movement, GLSEN’s national network is more than 1.5 million strong, with students, families, educators, and education advocates working to create safe schools. More than 500,000 GLSEN resources are downloaded by students and educators each year.
Every day GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Together, they can transform their nation’s K-12 schools into the safe and affirming environment all youth deserve. See more