Glsen INC.

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews


90 Broad Street 2nd Floor New York NY 10004 USA


The gay, lesbian and straight education network (glsen) is dedicated to ending bullying, harassment and biased behavior in k-12 public, private and parochial schools, especially as it relates to students who are or are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (lgbt).


Glsen's communications department provides the public and the media with information about glsen's mission and programs, and about lgbt issues in schools. The department develops effective messages for glsen's work and campaigns and leads the organization in training student and community advocates in effective message delivery.

in partnership with the leading national education organizations, glsen's education department produces research-based tools (educator guides, curricular resources, trainings and educator-led initiatives) that enhance educator knowledge of lgbt issues and develop the skills educators need to create the kinds of respectful, affirming and lgbt- inclusive classrooms and schools that glsen envisions. Among these are the well-known safe space kit, no name calling week, national training of trainers workshops, changing the game: the glsen sports project initiative and ready, set, respect! Glsen's elementary school toolkit.

glsen's research department conducts original research studies and program evaluations that both illuminate and document anti-lgbt bias in schools and its impact on academic achievement. It also evaluates the effectiveness of glsen's policy and program recommendations for improving school climate. Since 1999, glsen has conducted a biennial national school climate survey to document the school experiences of lgbt students and tracks the impact of key safe schools' interventions.

other departments: executive, field services, public policy & national chapters

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Rating: 5 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

GLSEN changed my life. Their student organizing program gave me a week of training with other LGBT and allied 13-17 year olds. We learned about community organizing tactics, communication strategies, the legislative process, and workshop facilitation skills. Their staff provided ongoing support and summits throughout the year as each of us implemented action plans in our widely varied areas of the country. We went way beyond founding Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in high schools. Students did everything imaginable: hosted statewide summits for youth on their rights or transgender advocacy, organized lobbying for anti-LGBT harassment and bullying laws, provided resources to local GSAs, networked clubs to hold rallies and days of action, made asks of our administrations to cover inclusive curricula, provide gender neutral bathrooms, or address bias in other ways. The students I met through GLSEN inspire me to this day. They were the most diverse group of people I have ever met in my entire life. Because GLSEN paid for ALL expenses, youth came from every economic, ethnic, geographic, rural/urban background and united for a common cause. The program was truly empowering of grassroots leadership, enabling the people affected by oppression to address it themselves in ways that were appropriate to their area and changed the relationships of power within the schools. We created real change in people's lives with an incredible support network of inspirational friends and knowledgeable paid staff. GLSEN helps youth become not the leaders of tomorrow but the leaders of today. This experience in many ways made me who I am- someone who knows her power to organize change.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the improvements and transformation in my own and others lives, including those I touched in my community with GLSEN's support and those GLSEN also worked with directly.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

brilliant, experienced, sensitive to all types of diversity and to students' emotional needs, and truly dedicated to a grassroots movement.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save lives, like the suicides and murders of LGBT youth, but also the lives of people living but so emotionally battered and beaten down in their internalized conviction that they did not deserve more, their childhood was almost not worth living.

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