Through research-based interventions, GLSEN provides resources and support for schools to implement effective and age-appropriate anti-bullying programs to improve school climate for all students. While many schools show a willingness to address bullying generally, effective efforts must address the pervasive issue of anti-LGBT bullying as a crucial element of the problem. Listed below are programs and resources to help all members of the school community address bullying in inclusive and effective ways.
Four Steps Schools Can Take to Address Anti-LGBT Bullying and Harassment
Anti-LGBT bullying is a widespread problem in America's schools, which requires a focused response. GLSEN recommends four approaches that schools can implement now to address anti-LGBT bullying and make schools safer for all students.
FEATURED LESSON PLAN: BUILDING A BULLY-FREE BUILDING
Not sure how to address the issue of bullying in your school or classroom? Our "Building a Bully-Free Building" lesson provides you with a n opportunity to discuss with your students what a bully-free school would look and sound like. (PDF from No Name-Calling Week Kit. For more information about No Name-Calling Week, click here).
Start a Safe Space Program in Your School
The Safe Space Kit will take you step by step through the process of implementing a Safe Space program in your school by teaching you to train allies, providing strategies for support and intervention when anti-LGBT bias occurs, and providing materials and ideas for making your program highly visible.
No Name-Calling Week
No Name-Calling Week is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities.
ThinkB4YouSpeak Campaign Educator's Guide
In partnership with the Ad Council, GLSEN has created an educator's guide to accompany its PSA campaign about the hurtful and demeaning term "that's so gay." The guide assists middle and high school educators in presenting the various components of this campaign to students, framing and discussing the ads in class, and extending student learning about the negative consequences of homophobic language and anti-LGBT bullying.
Support for Student Clubs
The presence of student-led Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) in secondary schools can create a more welcoming climate for LGBT student, while reducing the overall severity of bullying. The Jump-Start Guide series supports students through the process of establishing and running an effective GSA.
Research on School Bullying
For more than a decade, GLSEN has examined school climate by documenting the experiences of school community members, including students, teachers, principals and family members. These studies expand our understanding of the nature, scope and impact of LGBT issues in K-12 schools and inform our efforts to improve school climate. GLSEN also evaluates its anti-bullying programs and initiatives to further inform our understanding of the issue and our development of effective bullying interventions.
LOCAL RESOURCES AND SUPPORT
GLSEN's 35 chapters provide anti-bullying support to schools on a local level. Chapters offer trainings for educators, develop dedicated resources for local communities, support Gay-Straight Alliances and work to implement comprehensive anti-bullying policies at the school, school district and state level.
Find a GLSEN chapter in your area.