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Chapter Organizer- January 10, 2017

January 10, 2017

Hello Fabulous GLSEN Leaders,

Happy New Year to you all! We have a new addition to our office that reminds us of all of the GLSEN family we have across the states. Thank you all for entering into a new year with us, and being the amazing group of folks that make the immense impact that you do throughout the country.

Updates from Field:

Creating Change Updates:
If you are going to be attending Creating Change we are going to be hosting our annual GLSEN family dinner on Friday, January 20th. We would love to have you join us. We need RSVP’s to schedule out reservations, so please send us a message to with the subject line “Creating Change RSVP”. We hope to see you there.

Some of our wonderful staff/Chapter Leaders will be presenting during the conference here are some of the sessions you can check out:

Friday, January 20th, 4;45-6:15pm
Inhale, Exhale, Repeat: Self, Community and Movement Healing
What happens when the protest is over and it's about holding space for yourself and others? Healing, nourishing, grounding are powerful strategies to build the capacity of our communities. For years POC and native communities have worked to ensure that the all are nourished and their spirit is resilient. Join us as we explore strategies and tools that advocates can use in order to make sure they're in this fight for the long haul.

Presenters: Ikaika Regidor and M. Blair Franklin

Friday, January 20, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Working Together to Create Safe and Affirming Schools
This caucus is a space to share strategies, experiences, and lessons learned in the struggle to make K-12 schools safer and more affirming for LGBTQ students. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the current trends in both affirming and harmful policies as well as how advocates have been working to support students through policy, organizing, and education. This workshop aims to be a facilitated discussion between local, state-wide, and national advocates to increase collaboration and coordination.
Presenters: Tea Sefer and Andrew Peters

Saturday, January 21, 10:45am – 12:15pm
Addressing Concerns, Fears, and Misconceptions about LGBTQ Students in Schools
The experiences of transgender students in schools has been elevated to a national debate in the past few years. This workshop will present specific ways to address the concerns that advocates often hear when working with schools and districts to pass or implement transgender and gender nonconforming inclusive policies. Participants will hear real life examples about how local advocates have won and take with them model policies that are currently implemented in towns and cities across the country.
Presenters: Alex Phillips, Tea Sefer, and Andrew Peters

Portal Update:
The portal is still in the middle of being revamped! We are still perfecting the new platform so sit tight while we put together the final touches. In the meantime, we are able to send you any of the materials that you would be looking for on the portal. If you need help with accessing any resources, please send a message to with your request and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Quarter Tracking:
The due date for Q2 Tracking Tool is coming up quickly! This Quarterly report tracking tool reflects actions, events and programmatic work from October 1- December 31, 2016. If you would like to receive screenshots of the form so that your Chapter can view the whole form before you fill it out, please let us know and we can send them to you.

Your log in and password information is the same as the last Formsite report we sent out. If you have problems with access please let us know.

Please complete your Chapter's Q2 tracking tool by 11:59pm ET, January 17.

We are looking forward to seeing all the wonderful things that you have been doing. Please let us know if we can assist you in any of this process. Feel free to direction questions to Sid at

In the Homework Folder section below, there are action steps. If you would like to jump down to the bottom, click the sidebar that says Homework Folder.

  News and Announcements
  Campaign Check Ins 
  Resource Library
  Homework Folder
News and Announcements

Education and Youth Programs: Applications are open for the next GLSEN National TOT!! This secondary-focused TOT will be held on March 30th – April 2nd, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Much thanks to GLSEN Atlanta for being the host Chapter for this TOT. We're still looking for Chapter Chair nominations for TOT facilitators HERE. We are also looking for nominees to fill out the application HERE. All forms must be submitted by Monday, January 23rd, 2017.

We will be hosting an informational webinar scheduled for tomorrow, January 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM Eastern/3:00 PM Pacific. We provide an overview of the TOT and answer any questions you may still have about the TOT and application process. It will also be recorded so that if you are unable to attend, you can still access the information. We strongly encourage at least one person from your Chapter to attend or view the webinar if you plan to nominate people for the Atlanta TOT. Your Chapter Chairs should have received an email including the information to access the webinar. Please message Becca at with the subject line “Atlanta TOT Webinar” with any further questions.

Communications: GLSEN will be releasing the state snapshots on Wednesday, January 11. We're excited to be issuing press releases in partnership with many Chapters. We will be sending all Chapters, from states with a state snapshot, a BSD email package in preparation for this release. Please don't hesitate to reach out to Curtis Lahaie with any media questions at

Policy: We just launched a new GLSEN UP action in preperation for Betsy DeVos' confirmation hearings for Secretary of the Department of Education. We are asking representatives to ask DeVos how she'll protect LGBTQ students, particularly given her past anti-LGBTQ associations. Click here, to send a letter to your Senators demanding she clarify how she'll support LGBTQ students if confirmed. After filling out the letter yourself, please help us share the campaign across social media platforms and encourage Chapter members to send a letter.

Development:  GLSEN is getting ready to launch 100 Days of Kindness immediately following No Name Calling Week and the presidential inauguration. We will ask celebrities, influencers, donors, fans, and you to post messages of support for LGBTQ youth across the country on social media to build a Wall of Kindness. This will both demonstrate our dedication to young people, bring attention to GLSEN’s work, and help identify new donor prospects. Stay tuned!

Research:  We have a new webinar from GLSEN Research! We hosted a live webinar on recent findings from the 2015 National School Climate Survey. We discussed some of the issues facing LGBTQ youth in our nation’s schools, such as feelings of safety, hearing biased language, experiences of victimization, discrimination, as well as the availability and utility of school resources and supports, and changes in school climate for LGBTQ youth over time. We will be posting the webinar online for those that missed it within the next few weeks.

Campaign Check Ins

No Name-Calling Week:  No Name Calling Week is next week! Your Chapter will be receiving one last BSD package on Martin Luther King, Jr. day, 1/16/17, for immediate release. If you need help sending out your package, please message us at with the subject "NNCW Packages."

In addition, the Communications and Education & Youth Programs departments put together the social media messaging calendar below. The messaging will let you know about how GLSEN National's social media stratagies throughout the week in case you would like to use it as a guide for your Chapter's postings. Research also compiled some data points from our research reports. Feel free to pull from, and post these as they relate to name-calling. 

Mon, Jan 16: Martin Luther King, Jr theme and overview of the week
Tues, Jan 17: Educator focus, kindness in your classroom
Wed, Jan 18: Twitter chat, kindness in action in schools
Thurs, Jan 19: Student focus, leading the kindness revolution
Fri, Jan 20: political action (what does kindness look like from the President?)

We're looking forward to seeing how your Chapter is putting the NNCW merch in to use. As you share pictures, quotes, and other posts across social media from your chapter accounts, please consider tagging @GLSEN (and @GLSENofficial on Instagram) so that we can support & re-share your posts!

On Friday, the morning of the inauguration, we'll also be launching our latest social video -- created in partnership with the National Student Council leaders. We will share across our social channels, beginning with Facebook at 8:30am, and we encourage you to watch and re-share widely.

If you have specific Chapter-related articles, resources, or content you'd like for us to share, please email a link to the post or content to

Resource Library
Entering the resource library! This section will be filled with helpful resources that you can check out, and will hopefully be helpful in your personal and Chapter growth. 
Racial and Social Justice Resources
We will be including racial and social justice resources that will be our section to continually support Chapters in looking at the work through an intersectional lens. If you have any articles, podcasts, or videos that have helped you in thinking about anti-oppression, please send it to us at, with the subject line “Racial and Social Justice Resources.”

This month section is a series of videos that come from Basic Rights Oregon's "Our Families." The videos highlight the trials of triumphs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of color.

Asian Pacific Islander


Native American

African American

Peer To Peer Corner
This section is to help spread knowledge and wisdom across Chapters. In efforts to resource share and help solve each other's gaps in knowledge, we are asking for you to submit resources that have worked in helping your Chapter move forward at the local level. 

Whoops! We don't have a resource this month. If you have a resource that you think would be great for your peers to see submit resources by emailing, with the subject "Peer to Peer Resources."

All of the resources shared will be located in the Chapter Google Shared drive after they are included in the newsletter, here.

A Dip Into GLSEN History
There are numerous GLSEN resources that are within the depths of the website.

This month's resource is developed to  highlight on simple ways that folks can celebrate No Name-Calling Week in schools. This could be used within your Chapter or posted on social media as a way to encourage folks to take action during the week. 

10 Simple Ways To Celebrate

Homework Folder

Action Steps! Here is what you can do as a Chapter Leader this month:

  • Let us know if you’ll be attending Creating Change and joining us for our Family Dinner by emailing us at with the subject “Creating Change RSVP”
  • Fill out your Quarter 2 Tracking Tool by January 17th
  • Share the GLSEN Research State Snapshots
  • Send in applications and nominations for the secondary school T.O.T in Atlanta
  • Post or repost about No Name-Calling Week with the research statistics, social media briefs, sharables, and videos, Jan 16-Jan 20

Dates to look out for in January:

  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr Day
  • January 16-20: GLSEN's No Name-Calling Week
  • January 20: Presidential Inauguration