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A Snapshot of GLSEN - New York Capital Region Chapter

History of GLSEN New York Capital Region

In 1994, a teachers group made up of gay and lesbian educators in the Albany region met informally to network, socialize and discuss LGBT issues. In 1995, one of the members of this group ran across GLSTN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Teacher Network) on the internet, presented the idea to others, and invited Kevin Jennings to speak to the group. Though several joined GLSTN at the national level, and one attended the Northeast Regional GLSTN Conference, there was not enough of a commitment to form a local chapter at this time.

In December of 1996, a teacher from Saratoga called together those interested in forming a local GLSTN chapter, and from January to March, a steering committee met to guide the group until elections were held in April. After elections, steps were taken to become chartered by GLSTN, while participating in conferences and local activities. On November 6, 1997, GLSEN NY Capital Region became officially recognized as a GLSEN chartered chapter.

What Do We Do Nationally?

Nationally, GLSEN works to ensure safe schools for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. There are 39 Chapters around the country, which work closely with the national staff of GLSEN to implement programs, and to keep national staff informed of local events. The work that chapters do covers a variety of subjects and issues, from public policy to teacher training to supporting students and educators around the country. 

What Do We Do Locally? 

GLSEN New York Capital Region (NYCR) is a chapter of GLSEN. We focus our attention on eight counties within the Capital Region of New York including Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington.  

Our chapter is proud to host quarterly GSA Meet-Ups; participate in Days of Action (including Ally Week, No Name-Calling Week, the Day of Silence); participate in Days of Support (including Trans Day of Remembrance, Black History Month, Trans Day of Visibility, Bisexual Awareness Day, among others); organize our annual Breaking the Silence rally at The Egg; co-sponsor the Alternative Prom, a LGBTQA prom for middle and high school youth; and many other community events.

Chapters like ours play an important role in bringing GLSEN's programs and visions to local communities. 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. 

Meet Our Board!

To learn more about Our Board, click the link. 

Like What You See? Get Involved!

Please check out our area website to find out more about our work here in the Capital Region and to learn about how you can get involved in local and national events.

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