The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
GLSEN East Tennessee is an organization that strives to help provide means that support growth and development of GSAs of the surrounding area high schools, as well as support the community. We currently support other various student-community projects. Including PFLAG Maryville, University of Tennessee OUTreach Center, PFLAG Knoxville, Spectrum Café, and Tennessee Equality Project (Safe Schools Committee).
A Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is a student-run club in a high schools or middle schools that brings together LGBTQ and straight students to support each other, mobilize their peers to stand up for safety and equality, provide a safe place to socialize, and create a platform for activism to fight homophobia and bullying. To start a GSA, please contact us!
Letter From GLSEN East Tennessee
GLSEN East Tennessee is a chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).
Nationally, GLSEN works to ensure safe schools for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. There are over 35 Chapters around the country, which work closely with the national staff of GLSEN to implement programs, and to keep national staff informed of local events. The work that chapters do covers a variety of subjects and issues, from public policy to teacher training to supporting students and educators around the country.
Chapters like ours play an important role in bringing GLSEN's programs and visions to local communities. While some chapters have full-time or part-time staff, most are entirely volunteer-based. We're always looking for new volunteers to help us ensure safe schools for all students.
Please explore our website to find out more about our work and to learn about how you can get involved in local and national events. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions that are not answered on this site. Thank you for you interest and we're looking forward to hearing from you.