In 1990, a small but dedicated group of Massachusetts teachers came together to improve an education system that frequently allowed its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students to be bullied, discriminated against and/or fall through the cracks.
Twenty-eight years later, that small group, which became GLSEN, has grown into the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students.
We face a pervasive problem with a new set of challenges. Nearly three-quarters of LGBTQ students are still harassed at school each year because of who they are. We are working to change that.
At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.
We accomplish our goals by working in hallways across the country -- from Congress and the Department of Education to schools and district offices in your community -- to improve school climate and champion LGBTQ issues in K-12 education.
- We conduct extensive and original research to inform our evidence-based solutions for K-12 education.
- We empower students to affect change by supporting student-led efforts to positively impact their own schools and local communities.
- We author developmentally appropriate resources for educators to use throughout their school community.
- We advise decision makers to ensure that comprehensive and inclusive school policies are considered, passed and implemented.
- We partner with dozens of national education organizations to leverage our shared expertise into creating great schools and better opportunities for every student.
Every day, GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Join us as we transform our nation’s K-12 schools.
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