What Can YOU Do To Help?
There are many ways to support GLSEN's work as a GLSEN Ambassador. To find out more about supporting our work financially as an individual donor, corporate sponsor or to find out if your employer matches your individual gift, go to http://www.glsen.org/donate.
As parents, students and educators, we can all play a role in making anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment unacceptable in America's schools.
As a PARENT, you can:
LEARN: GLSEN's National School Climate Survey is the most comprehensive study of the school-related experiences of our nation's LGBT youth. By studying the still dangerous climate in our schools, you can better learn how to change it.
READ: Always My Child: A Parent's Guide to Understanding Your LGBT or Questioning Son or Daughter
JOIN: Become a GLSEN Ambassador and be a part of the growing national movement to make schools safe for all students.
As a STUDENT, you can:
ORGANIZE: Establishing a student club or Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is the most direct and powerful way to establish a presence in your school and community. GLSEN's student organizing department offers support, guidance and inspiration for all students as they work to make their schools safer. For detailed information on how to start and support a GSA, go to http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/news/record/2226.html.
PARTICIPATE: Events such as the Day of Silence, Ally Week and No Name-Calling Week are powerful and direct actions that bring national attention to name-calling, bullying and harassment and the goal of safe schools. At Day of Silence, you can find out how to join in the nation's largest single day of student-led action. Visit www.nonamecallingweek.org for more on this inspiring national school event.
As an EDUCATOR, you can:
UNDERSTAND: Dealing with Legal Matters Surrounding Students' Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity is a groundbreaking resource sent to every high school principal in the country. In it, learn answers to common questions that arise in schools.
CONNECT: By reaching out to your local GLSEN chapter, you can help forge important relationships between your school community and national efforts to ensure safe schools. Find out local GLSEN chapters in the chapter section of the website.
TEACH: Now going into its third year, No Name-Calling Week seeks to call attention to the problem of name-calling in America's schools and to provide students and educators with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in their communities. You can learn more about the program at www.nonamecallingweek.org.