Policy & Advocacy

Action Center

Take action to ensure that every member of every school community is valued and respected

Together, we are a movement of action-takers. We are students, educators, faith leaders, families, and community members who know that we can be effective when we work together, use our voices, and center the experiences of LGBTQ youth in policy change. We envision a future where LGBTQ students feel safe and affirmed at school, and we’re asking you to join us in creating it right now.

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A National Call to Action: Advancing Equity

As national education organizations dedicated to the well-being and achievement of all of our students, we are outraged and devastated by the suffering caused by inequities and economic vulnerability in our public K-12 education systems. These long-standing problems have been vividly laid bare by the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and the current struggle over systemic racism in the United States. In this moment of national action to defeat COVID-19 and reopen our schools, we call on federal, state, and local leaders to prioritize the needs of those students most deeply harmed by the impact of the pandemic, including LGBTQ+ students, particularly those who are transgender, nonbinary, Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), and/or students with disabilities.

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Add Your Name to the Education/Civil Rights Open Letter on the Rights of LGBTQ+ Students and Staff

GLSEN joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Center for Transgender Equality, and over 235 other national and state/local organizations to affirm the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga. and call for an end to discrimination in schools. Please read the letter and fill out the sign on form that is linked here to add your name to stand in solidarity with LGBTQ+ students and educators.

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Local Bullying and Harassment Prevention Policy Assessment Project

As part of GLSEN’s ongoing efforts to ensure LGBTQ+ students are protected from bullying and harassment, the policy assessment project provides an opportunity for GLSEN Chapters and other grassroots volunteers to collect and assess important information about local education agency (LEA), often named school districts, bullying and harassment prevention policies.

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LGBTQ+ Student Rights

No matter what you may have heard in the past, harassment and discrimination against LGBTQ+ students are against the law. If you go to a public school, they’re also against the Constitution. Unfortunately, many LGBTQ+ students still experience them every day. Here’s what you need to know.

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LGBTQ+ Educator Rights

No matter what you may have heard in the past, harassment and discrimination against LGBTQ+ employees — including educators and other school staff — are against the law. Unfortunately, many LGBTQ+ educators still experience them every day. Here’s what you need to know.

Statement in Solidarity Sign-on Request

Statement in Solidarity with Transgender, NonBinary, and Gendernonconforming Student Athletes. In a May 15, 2020 letter, the US Department of Education declared that transgender student athletes in Connecticut should be barred from participation on teams that reflect their identities. The Department’s letter contradicts the recent Supreme Court decision, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia (June 15, 2020), in which the Court clearly states that federal protections on the basis of sex extend to transgender people. Sign on to urge the Department of Education, and Secretary DeVos, to rescind this decision in the name of fairness and equity.

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