What is GLSEN?
GLSEN, which stands for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization working to create safe schools for ALL students. We strive to ensure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
How bad of a problem is anti-LGBT bias and behavior in schools?
Anti-LGBT harassment is a pervasive problem in schools. We have spent nearly 15 years documenting the experiencesof LGBT students in school. While the situation is improving, more than 8 out of 10 LGBT students still experience harassment at school each year because of their sexual orientation and 6 in 10 because of their gender expression. Learn more in our Research section.
What can I do to make schools safer and more affirming for LGBT youth?
Learn. Act. Teach. Support. Connect.
Throughout GLSEN.org you’ll find ways you can take action in your community or nationally to help us create a world where every child, educator and family member is valued and respected, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
What actions can schools take?
We’ve researched solutions to improving school climate for LGBT youth for more than a decade. We’ve identified four evidence-based solutions that schools can take to promote a safer, healthier and more positive school environment for LGBT students. Schools should:
1) Provide professional development to ensure that educators know how to intervene when they see anti-LGBT behavior and encourage educators to be allies to LGBT youth. GLSEN’s Safe Space Kit is a great toolkit to learn more.
2) Use LGBT-inclusive curricular materials that contain positive representations of LGBT people, history and events.
3) Adopt and enforce school policies that protect all students from bullying and discrimination and specifically mention categories of students often targeted, including LGBT students.
4) Support the creation of Gay-Straight Alliances and other extracurricular student clubs that make schools safer and improve school climate.
How can I support GLSEN’s work?
Take action. Join a chapter. Start a GSA. Or donate to ensure that we can continue to work toward a world where young people learn to value and respect all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.