A large group of volunteers and students from GLSEN Omaha smile and hold up rainbow flags and illustrated Rise Up posters. The posters read: rise up to protect immigrant students; rise up to protect Muslim students; rise upt o protect LGBTQ students; RESIST; rise up to protect trans and GNC students; rise up to protect black students; protect trans students; let youth lead.

Creating a Better World for LGBTQ Students

As GLSEN was founded by a group of teachers in 1990, we knew that educators play key roles in creating affirming learning environments for LGBTQ youth. But as well as activating supportive educators, we believe in centering and uplifting student-led movements, which have powered initiatives like the Day of Silence, Ally Week, and more.

We conduct extensive and original research to inform our evidence-based solutions for K-12 education.

We author developmentally appropriate resources for educators to use throughout their school community.

We advise on, advocate for, and research comprehensive policies designed to protect LGBTQ students as well as students of marginalized identities. We’ve brought record support to the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act and fought discriminatory legislation in over 15 states. 

We coordinate a network of 43 chapters in 30 states across the nation, to ensure that we have access to schools and districts across the country to reach every student.

We empower students to affect change by supporting student-led efforts to positively impact their own schools and local communities, and have thousands of registered GSAs nationwide.

Today, after over 25 years of leading the movement, GLSEN’s national network is more than 1.5 million strong, with students, families, educators, and education advocates working to create safe schools. More than 500,000 GLSEN resources are downloaded by students and educators each year.

Every day GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Together, we can transform our nation’s K-12 schools into the safe and affirming environment all youth deserve.  


Change happens when we work together. GLSEN is proud to work with the leadership of passionate activists, tireless historians and researchers, inspiring educators and advocates, and most of all, the students and educators working every day to ensure safer, more inclusive schools for LGBTQ youth.

See GLSEN Leadership and Staff

See GLSEN Board of Directors

A group of students from Cincinnati.


Financial and Legal Documents

Our Financials and 990 Forms can be found here. GLSEN is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. Our IRS identification number is 04-3234202. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Statements

Fiscal Year 2020 IRS Form 990

Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Statements

Fiscal Year 2019 IRS Form 990

Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Statements

Fiscal Year 2018 IRS Form 990

501(c)3 Letter (PDF)


Two high school students sit with their legs stretched out against a bank of yellow lockers with post-it notes with names stuck to them. The students are studying their textbooks. One looks over at something on the other's book.


January 6th, 2022
A Statement by Key Jackson, GLSEN Director of Community Mobilization
December 8th, 2021
Young Leaders to Represent Regional Voices for LGBTQ+ Students
December 6th, 2021
In response to the school shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan, GLSEN and GLSEN’s Interim Executive Director Melanie Willingham-Jaggers issued the following statement: