The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
LETTER FROM GLSEN WASHINGTON STATE
What is GLSEN?
GLSEN is an education organization creating safe schools for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. GLSEN is the only national organization that brings together a wide variety of people who actively care about ending homophobia in the schools. Everyone (regardless of occupation or sexual orientation) is welcome to get involved with GLSEN
What Does GLSEN Do?
GLSEN combats the harassment and discrimination leveled against students and school personnel. GLSEN creates learning environments that affirm the inherent dignity of all students, and, in so doing, teaches them to respect and accept all of their classmates- regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. GLSEN Believes that the key to ending anti-gay (and LGBT) prejudice and hate-motivated violence is education. And it's for this reason that GLSEN brings students, educators, families and other community members - of any sexual orientation - to reform America's educational system.
What is GLSEN Washington State?
GLSEN Washington State is a Chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). It is based in Seattle, with support staff covering the entire state.
What is GLSEN Washington State's Mission Statement?
GLSEN Washington State strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. We believe that such an atmosphere engenders a positive sense of self, which is the basis of educational achievement and personal growth. Since homophobia and heterosexism undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike. We recognize that forces such as racism and sexism have similarly adverse impacts on communities and we support schools in seeking to redress all such inequities. GLSEN Washington State seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community. We welcome as members any and all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or occupation, who are committed to seeing this philosophy realized in K-12 schools.