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GLSEN Statement on IDAHOT
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GLSEN Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
NEW YORK (May 17, 2015) – GLSEN’s Chief Research & Strategy Officer, Dr. Joe Kosciw, made the following statement in recognition of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, celebrated on May 17.
“Today we recognize the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia to draw attention to the ongoing discrimination and violence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world. As ‘a global celebration of sexual and gender diversities,’ the day aligns with GLSEN’s mission of developing school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. Understanding the importance of a global movement, we work regularly with international organizations and partner organizations outside the U.S. to expand our goal of creating safe and affirming schools for all students in the U.S. and across the world.”
Fostering a Global Dialogue about LGBT Youth in Schools summarizes the proceedings from a joint meeting convened by GLSEN and UNESCO during the World Comparative Education Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in June 2013. A network of 32 leaders was formed to strategize and coordinate our collective resources and knowledge to reduce homophobic and transphobic prejudice and violence in schools globally.
GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students. Celebrating its 25th year, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN's research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.