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Our Commitment to Safe Schools: Advocacy, Policy & Action

GLSEN SSAS Participants

A quality K-12 education is a fundamental right for every student.

GLSEN’s Public Policy team works with policymakers at all levels to ensure that the best and most inclusive safe schools policies are considered, passed, and implemented.

GLSEN Has a Record of Policy Victories.

On the federal level, GLSEN has built record support for safe schools legislation such as the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act. We also assist the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services as they work to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression items in federal surveys.

GLSEN’s state advocacy efforts have a long history resulting in substantive victories. In our most recent efforts, the Policy team provided key leadership in the passage of safe schools legislation in New York State, resulting in the conclusion of a 10-year campaign. GLSEN also supported successful safe schools campaigns in Illinois, Washington State, Minnesota, and Massachusetts. In Tennessee, we partnered with state organizations to successfully combat an anti-gay No Promo Homo law. 

Our Policy Toolkit Can Help You Advocate for Change.   

Victories don’t just happen on their own. They are achieved through the use of tools in GLSEN’s policy toolkit, such as model anti-bullying policies for states, districts, and schools, as well as policies to support transgender and gender nonconforming youth. Check out our resources to learn about the importance of enumeration in anti-bullying policies and our model policies to help guide your own advocacy efforts in your states, districts, and schools.

Visit the Federal and State pages to learn more about policy issues that affect you and find out which states are getting it right and where there is still work to be done.