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Our Role in Leading an International Movement

GLSEN has long been a leader in the movement to make schools safer and more inclusive for LGBT students in the US, and we are committed to supporting a similar mission worldwide. GLSEN staff are recognized as international champions and pioneers of LGBT issues in education and have spoken on their importance across the globe. Our current efforts include:

  • Creating an international network of scholars and advocates to make the world safer for LGBT youth.
  • Partnering with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote awareness of gender- and sexuality-based bullying worldwide.
  • Continuing to support and provide technical expertise to other NGOs to develop research capacity to foster safe schools movements around the globe, including Canada, China, Ireland, Israel, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
  • Comparing the educational experiences of LGBT youth around the world.


Report: Building a Global Network to Support LGBT Youth in Schools

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 discuss international homophobic and transphobic prejudice and violence in schools. Haga clic aquí para leer el Informe en español.