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GLSEN NEW JERSEY CHAPTERS CELEBRATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION AFFIRMING TRANS STUDENTS’ RIGHTS
In a Senate hearing on June 6, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos referred to discrimination against LGBTQ students as an area of “unsettled” law, and repeatedly evaded questions on the subject by deferring to federal law...
"This ruling justly affirms the rights of transgender students to attend school free from discrimination." - Nathan Smith, Director of Public Policy
"It is appalling that Secretary DeVos could not name a single example of discrimination that would disqualify a school from receiving federal funds," said Eliza Byard, GLSEN Executive Director
CARLA GUGINO, ANN CLARK, RYAN PEDLOW, ROLAND PARK ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL & FIRST DATA HONORED AT 2017 GLSEN RESPECT AWARDS – NEW YORK EVENT RAISES 1.2M FOR CREATING SAFE AND LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE K-12 EDUCATION
ANN CLARK, RYAN PEDLOW, ROLAND PARK ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL & FIRST DATA TO BE HONORED AT 2017 GLSEN RESPECT AWARDS. DR. JILL BIDEN TO MAKE OPENING REMARKS
In response to today’s executive order signed by President Trump allowing religious organizations to engage in partisan electoral activism, GLSEN’s Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard issued the following statement.
“It is un-American to make anyone’s basic rights subject to the personal discretion of others. It also goes against the rule of law and core principle of equal protection and would surely be challenged in the courts."
Today, students will take a stand not only against bullying and harassment, but also against discriminatory policies and practices that deny too many of them the basic freedom to be who they are.
The report shows how profoundly harmful and unnecessary policies that exclude transgender students from school facilities that match their gender can be.
“Above all, we ensured that DeVos heard – directly from us – that we will not budge or compromise"
“The Supreme Court has missed an opportunity to end the painful discrimination currently faced by tens of thousands of transgender students nationwide."
Seven leading education organizations representing millions of students, families, and educators submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Gavin Grimm in the case of G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board.
“As leaders in education policy and strong supporters of transgender students and every student, we disagree with the Administration’s decision to rescind federal guidance related to Title IX"
"Today, GLSEN and PFLAG join together to re-launch our #ClaimYourRights Campaign, to help anyone affected by or witnessing anti-transgender discrimination in our schools file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights at the Departme
"While the Trump administration may abandon trans students, GLSEN won’t."
"I would welcome the chance to share my story with Secretary DeVos and Attorney General Sessions to help them understand the real-life implications of reversing the Title IX guidance for protecting transgender students.”
"Clearly, the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education is an essential service to the American people."
"Parents, students and advocates for inclusive public education across our country deserve to hear how President Trump, Mr. Sessions and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will protect the civil rights of ALL Americans."
“We call on Secretary DeVos to honor her confirmation commitment to address ‘the needs of all parents and students’ and to be ‘a strong advocate for great public schools.’

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