GLSEN believes that a quality K-12 education is a fundamental right of every American. To that end, GLSEN works with elected officials and other policy makers at the local, state and federal level to ensure that the best and most inclusive safe schools policies are considered, passed and implemented.
Safe Schools Improvement Act
This critical legislation has a history of bipartisan support and is endorsed by a large coalition of organizations. It would play a key role in stopping bullying and harassment, including those targeted for their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Model Laws and Policies and Related Resources
Click here to review and download model laws policies for your school, district or state and see additional resources that can be used in your outreach to policymakers in your area.
GLSEN Lauds Introduction of Student Non-Discrimination Act, H.R. 4530
Representative Polis (D-CO) and 78 cosponsors introduced the Student Nondiscrimination Act to End Anti-LGBT Discrimination in Schools.
States with Safe Schools Laws
Only 17 states and the District of Columbia protect students from bullying, harassment, or discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, while 1 additional state provide protection for sexual orientation only.
Guide to Legal Matters
A consortium of national organizations, with leadership from the National School Boards Association (NSBA), has published a resource document...
GLSEN's Public Policy Platform
GLSEN's public policy platform outlines its nine priorities for ensuring that all students regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity are able to attend safe and welcoming schools.
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