Editor's Note: Learn more about what
GLSEN is doing to celebrate Pride under Related Documents on the top right.
"Welcome to Pride," comedian Kate Clinton recently tweeted, "The month formerly
known as June." During Pride, event after event commemorates the past year's
major milestones in the life of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities
across the nation. At GLSEN, June 30 also marks the end of the fiscal year,
adding to the sense of reflection and renewal.
This year, we have a lot to commemorate and celebrate. It was a watershed year
for GLSEN, as tragedy galvanized public attention and action on our issues at
all levels; as we launched our new strategic plan, unveiled a new logo and took
our work to scale in ways we could never have imagined earlier in our history;
and as our experience and expertise on LGBT issues in K-12 schools enabled us
to make the most of new partnerships and new opportunities to champion real
progress at the local, state and national level.
We enter our new fiscal year poised to continue our growth in size and impact,
and on pace to hit some audacious goals:
- Our Safe Space Campaign has already placed more than 25,000 kits in the
field, and will reach more than 75,000 secondary schools nationwide by the
end of 2013;
- We've secured
funding from the CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health
to undertake comprehensive Safe Schools implementation work in 20 of the nation's
largest school districts, serving more than 4 million students, including
professional development training for more than 15,000 educators and school
- The new wave
of GLSEN's Ad Council ThinkB4YouSpeak PSAs has already reached tens of millions
of prime-time viewers in its first month on the air, thanks to our groundbreaking
partnership with the NBA and NBA all-stars Grant Hill and Steve Nash;
- Our remarkable local chapter and student volunteers are driving progress
in their communities and schools - and their efforts continue to garner well-deserved
attention. In just one current example, Ferial Pearson of GLSEN Omaha, GLSEN's
2010 Educator of the Year, will receive the Virginia Uribe Award for Leadership
in Civil Rights from the NEA next month.
- GLSEN's Student Ambassadors for 2010-2011 completed a remarkable
year as lead advocates in the national media and with decision-makers
at the highest levels - and all of our graduating seniors are heading off to
college! Read more about this amazing team here,
and so many congratulations to them all;
- Our Board elected a slate of remarkable
and dynamic new members, adding new talent,
expertise and commitment to GLSEN's strong foundation of organizational leadership.
In order to celebrate these achievements in style, GLSEN national will be marching
at Pride in New York City for the first time in a very long time. Alongside
Safe Space Campaign partner Wells Fargo, we'll highlight the campaign and all
of GLSEN's pioneering work to create safe spaces in K-12 schools. Many thanks
to Wells Fargo for the leadership support that made the Safe Space Campaign
possible, and for their pride in the work that we do together.
Please join us. If you will be in New York City on June 26, we'd be honored
to have you march with us. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org,
and we'll send you more details on where to meet up with us on Sunday morning.
Thank you so much for being part of more than two decades of progress, and
for all of your support.