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 is a national education organization making schools safer for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Founded in 1996, GLSEN-Southern Maine (based in Portland)and Downeast GLSEN (based in Ellsworth) respond to students and families in need and consult with school staff. These two Maine GLSEN chapters provide resources and support for 60 Gay-Straight-Trans Alliances in high schools in 15 of Maine's 16 counties. For information about GLSEN-Southern Maine's monthly board meetings and GLSEN-sponsored monthly regional GSTA Nights (which gather GSTA students and advisors from many schools), see the calendar.
Letter From GLSEN Southern Maine
GLSEN Southern Maine 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 thirty 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 here in Southern Maine 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 your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you.
GLSEN-Southern Maine Board of Directors
Susanne MacArthur and Sarah Holmes, Co-Chairs
Mary Frances O'Brien