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GLSEN in 2013

Have you checked out the GLSEN blog lately? We wrote about why 2013 was such a big year for us, from new chapters around the country to big honors for our staff, educators and students. Check out some of the highlights: 

February:

  • GLSEN Middle Tennessee’s Jump-Start team discusses their experiences with bullying and harassment in school with Fun. This eventually leads to a GLSEN & The Ally Coalition partnership during Fun.’s nationwide tour. (more
  • GLSEN’s Research Department releases the first-ever research brief examining LGBT student experiences in school sports and physical education, entitled The Experiences of LGBT Students in School Athletics. (more

March:

  • GLSEN Greater Cincinnati is barred from participating in the Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Day Parade. With thousands of petition supporters and outspoken ally organizations, the Cincinnati community rallies behind the Chapter and GLSEN’s mission; city council members withdraw from the parade and local organizations walk with signs supporting GLSEN Cincinnati and youth. (more)

May:

  • Jason Collins makes his first public appearance since coming out at GLSEN’s Respect Awards in New York City. He receives the 2013 GLSEN Courage Award. (more

July:

  • The GLSEN Research department releases its first-ever report on the experiences of LGBT youth online, called Out Online. This report documents that LGBT students not only face greater harassment but also find greater peer support and access to health information. (more)
  • Transgender Student Rights is officially entrusted to GLSEN to help further its growth. This student-founded organization was created specifically to advocate for the needs of transgender and gender nonconforming students. (more)

August:

  • GLSEN’s Executive Director, Eliza Byard, speaks at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Her speech on those sacred steps honors the March on Washington, Bayard Rustin, and the responsibility we all have to lift up the voices of young people. (more)

October:

  • Ally Week turns 9! This year we challenged ourselves not only to identify new allies and celebrate existing allies, but to ask ourselves how we can all become better allies to one another. (more)
  • GLSEN grows to 38 local Chapters in 25 states! (Find your local chapter here

November:

  • After many discussions, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi signs on as a cosponsor to GLSEN’s top-priority federal legislation, the Safe Schools Improvement Act. Traditionally, House leadership rarely cosponsors legislation. Pelosi’s support of SSIA elevates the importance of the legislation and is key to getting other members of leadership on board. (more

December:

  • GLSEN completes its three-year Safe Space Campaign, successfully placing a Safe Space Kit in every school! (more)

Read the full year in review here