Tennessee Chapter

Community-led chapters supporting students and teachers.

A group of students at the NYC 2017 Pride Parade

Our Chapter

GLSEN Tennessee is a chapter of GLSEN, a national organization fighting for every student’s right to a safe, supportive education. 

GLSEN Tennessee is a grassroots initiative, working locally in our community to ensure safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. There are 43 Chapters around the country doing this important work. Join us today!

Our chapter supports students and educators locally, organizes around LGBTQ-affirming public policy, plans teacher trainings, and hosts events for students, educators, parents, and allies. Chapters like ours play an important role in bringing GLSEN’s programs and visions to right where we live, work, and learn. While some chapters have full-time or part-time staff, most are entirely volunteer-based. We're always looking for new volunteers to help us ensure safe schools for all students. 

Explore our website to find out more about our work here in Tennessee and to learn about how you can get involved in local and national events.

Our Team

Our chapter continues to grow across Tennessee, activating leaders of all ages in their own communities as champions for LGBTQ+ issues in K-12 education. Supporting teachers, engaging students, and advocating for protective policies statewide requires a lot of dedication from our volunteers. Email us at if you want to become involved with our work!

Board of Directors

Aly Chapman, Co-Chair – East TN
Will French, Co-Chair – Middle TN
Dexx Baker, Secretary
Shawn Reilly, Student Leadership & Engagement Chair
Cadence Miller, Member At-Large

Tennessee chapter leaders group shot


Lakeshore Park, Knoxville, TN
Established in 2010, the East Tennessee Diversity Prom shows area LGBTQ youth how they are valued and loved just as they are, now needed more than ever. After a two year pandemic delay, we are thrilled to host the 11th Annual DivProm. Even with progress, 1 in 5 Tennessee students are forbidden from bringing a same gender date to their school prom, and alternative proms fill the gap.