The following is a brief overview of GLSEN's organizational highlights:
Research - GLSEN releases the National School Climate Survey every two years to report the experiences of LGBT youth in school. We also produce and commission several other research briefs and studies, such as the experiences of LGBT families in education and principals' perspectives on bullying. To learn more about GLSEN's research and view our reports and research briefs,
Gay-Straight Alliances - GLSEN supports 4,000 Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs), student clubs across the country that work to improve school climate. As a history teacher in 1988, GLSEN Founder and Executive Director Kevin Jennings and a straight student created the first GSA. To learn about the benefits of GSAs just CLICK HERE.
Day of Silence - Hundreds of thousands of students take a vow of silence every year on a Friday in April to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment. Students from more than 6,000 schools registered with GLSEN as participants in 2009. To learn more, visit www.dayofsilence.org.
Anti-Bullying Laws - Only 16 states and the District of Columbia protect students from bullying and harassment in school based on sexual orientation. 12 states and the District of Columbia protect students based on gender identity/expression.
No Name-Calling Week - GLSEN created No Name-Calling Week in 2004 to encourage an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying. Thousands of schools participate every January. To learn more, visit www.nonamecallingweek.org.
Trainings - Through educational partnerships and the Training of Trainers program, GLSEN is committed to empowering educators to address anti-LGBT behavior in schools. GLSEN, its chapters and its partners train thousands of educators every year to make their schools safer.
Chapters - More than 30 chapters work in communities across the country to make schools safer in their cities, states and regions. Chapters implement GLSEN's programs on a local level and work to train educators in their communities how to address anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment.
Respect Awards - GLSEN holds award ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles every year to honor individuals, partnering organizations and corporate entities that make a commitment to creating safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.