GLSEN's Four Supports

Founded in 1990, GLSEN is the leading national organization working to create safe and inclusive schools for all. We envision a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Each year, GLSEN programs and resources reach millions of students and educators in K-12 schools, via action at the national, state, and local level. GLSEN has improved conditions for LGBTQ students across the United States and launched an international movement to address LGBTQ issues in education and promote respect for all in K-12 schools. GLSEN research has identified four major supports that schools can use to cultivate a safe and supportive environment for all of their students. When these Four Supports are in place, LGBTQ students experience less harassment and discrimination, do better in school, and experience a better school climate. These Four Supports are the focus of GLSEN’s programs, advocacy, research, and policy work.