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Brendon Urie, front man of the band Panic! at the Disco, will receive the Inspiration Award for his ongoing commitment to LGBTQ youth and for investing in the power of students to create more inclusive schools.
Despite a lack of critical training and resources, school counselors, psychologists, and social workers hold positive attitudes towards and work to support LGBTQ students. Particular need for increased education and training...
Education Secretary DeVos' proposed new Title IX rules for schools handling allegations of sexual harassment aimed at scrapping Obama-era guidance that sought to protect students raising accusations of sexual harassment and assault.
Leading national organizations working to advance equity for youth, including youth of color, LGBTQ youth, and youth at the intersections of these identities, issue call to action to advance equity & justice for LGBTQ youth of color.
GLSEN issued the following statement regarding a historic win for transgender rights in Massachusetts, accompanied by historic gains in representation by LGBTQ people, people of color, and women in public life.
New data from the largest-ever survey of LGBTQ students shows homophobic remarks and verbal harassment in school leveling off for the first time in a decade, and victimization based on gender expression increasing.
GLSEN & MAP launched a new national Safe Schools campaign and public service advertisement, “Hallway,” to grow the national Safe Schools Movement necessary to sustain and build support for safe schools for transgender students nationwide.
GLSEN, the leading education organization working to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools for LGBTQ youth, is pleased to announce the honorees for the 2018 GLSEN Respect Awards – LA to be held on Friday, October 19th in Los Angeles.
On Friday, Hawai’i Governor David Ige signed a bill that extends non-discrimination protections to LGBTQ students in Hawai’i schools. In response, Sarah Munshi, GLSEN State and District Policy Manager, released the following statement:
Today, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed legislation expanding existing civil rights protections in employment, housing, and public spaces to include transgender people. The following statement can be attributed to Sarah Munshi, GL
Today, the U.S. Senate approved the nomination of Kenneth L. Marcus as Assistant Secretary to the Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Education. In response, GLSEN released the following statement:
Federal Commission on School Safety held a Listening Session with educational experts and gun violence activist. The following testimony was given by Dr. Eliza Byard, GLSEN Executive Director during the session:
Based on several years of observations and co-teaching in multiple classrooms, this is the first book-length guide for teachers about LGBTQ-inclusive English Language Arts (ELA) instruction at the elementary level.
The leading education organization working to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools for LGBTQ youth will honor Rosario Dawson with the Inspiration Award during the 2018 GLSEN Respect Awards – New York.
During a White House ceremony honoring educators ahead of next week’s National Teacher Appreciation Week, President Trump presented Mandy Manning, from Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, WA with the National Teacher of the Year award.
This May, Teleflora, the world’s leading floral delivery service and GLSEN, the leading education organization working to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools for LGBTQ youth, are partnering in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week.
Reintroduction of two key pieces of legislation in Congress that would ensure LGBTQ students are protected from bullying, harassment, and discrimination in the nation’s public schools, GLSEN advocates applaud decision in a statement.
Department of Education’s (ED) Office for Civil Rights eliminates legal documents from the department’s website aimed at supporting transgender youth facing discrimination one year after rescinding guidance on Title IX.
Department of Education will no longer investigate or take action on any complaints regarding transgender students who are banned from restrooms and school facilities that align with their gender identity.
An estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school each year, many LGBTQ. It is unconscionably cruel to threaten students with deportation from the only country they have ever known, simply because of how they came here.
For a distressing number of LGBTQ students in Puerto Rico, schools are hostile environments, resulting in the majority of LGBTQ students in PR feeling unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation or gender expression.
We are heartbroken and horrified by this weekend’s rally of white supremacist groups who shouted racist, anti-semitic, and anti-LGBTQ chants, displayed Nazi and KKK flags and symbols, and violently attacked anti-racist counter protesters.
GLSEN, the leading education organization creating safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ students, will honor restaurateur and philanthropist Bruce Bozzi with the Champion Award at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards.
In a Senate hearing on June 6, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos referred to discrimination against LGBTQ students as an area of “unsettled” law, and repeatedly evaded questions on the subject by deferring to federal law...
In response to today’s executive order signed by President Trump allowing religious organizations to engage in partisan electoral activism, GLSEN’s Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard issued the following statement.
“It is un-American to make anyone’s basic rights subject to the personal discretion of others. It also goes against the rule of law and core principle of equal protection and would surely be challenged in the courts."
Seven leading education organizations representing millions of students, families, and educators submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Gavin Grimm in the case of G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board.
"Today, GLSEN and PFLAG join together to re-launch our #ClaimYourRights Campaign, to help anyone affected by or witnessing anti-transgender discrimination in our schools file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights at the Department."
"I would welcome the chance to share my story with Secretary DeVos and Attorney General Sessions to help them understand the real-life implications of reversing the Title IX guidance for protecting transgender students.”
"Parents, students and advocates for inclusive public education across our country deserve to hear how President Trump, Mr. Sessions and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will protect the civil rights of ALL Americans."
GLSEN’s Executive Director, Eliza Byard, thanked President Obama for appointing Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, and Debo Adegbile of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP, and
U.S. middle and high schools remain hostile environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students, according to GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey. However, the report, which documents school clima
Director of Public Policy, Nathan Smith, responded to the decision by the Supreme Court to review the case of Gavin Grimm, a Virginia high school student who has been barred from using the restroom that corresponds with his gender identity.
GLSEN honored Kate Hudson, Connor Franta, Jess Cagle, Target, Kevin Brockman and San Diego high-school student Edward Estrada at the 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards - Los Angeles on Friday, October 21, at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills.
GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, will honor San Diego high-school junior Edward Estrada with the Student Advocate of the Year Award and Target with the Champ
GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, will honor Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award nominee Kate Hudson with the Inspiration Award at the GLSEN’s Respect
Biased remarks, bullying and harassment remain a significant problem in U.S. middle and high schools, according to a report released today by GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools
GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, will honor Connor Franta at GLSEN’s Respect Awards – Los Angeles to be held Friday, October 21, at the Beverly Wilshire, Bev
GLSEN’s Director of Public Policy, Nathan Smith, expressed disappointment with Judge Reed O’Connor of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas’s ruling that the U.S. Department of Education could not enforce its interpr
GLSEN’s Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, made the following statement in response to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s announcement that the 2017 All-Star Game will not be held in Charlotte, N.C., as planned.
GLSEN Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, issued a statement following this afternoon’s vote by the U.S. Senate on the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) as an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
GLSEN’s Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, applauded the decision handed down today by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, granting same-sex couples the right to marry in all states.
GLSEN honored Matthew Morrison, Jon Stryker, Johnson & Johnson, teacher Desiree Raught and the Nixa High School Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at the 12th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards – New York on Monday, June 1 at Cipriani 42nd Street.
GLSEN has partnered with Target to produce a mini-documentary highlighting the work of students, educators and volunteers who have improved school climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth across the country.
GLSEN’s Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, applauded Nevada's governor and state legislature for passing and signing into law an anti-bullying bill, specifically protecting students on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Thousands of students across the country will participate in GLSEN’s Day of Silence, an annual international event that brings attention to the anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment that is common in schools.
GLSEN’s Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, made the following statement on the release of the ‘Every Child Achieves Act of 2015,' the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee’s proposed bill for reauthorizing ESEA.
CARLA GUGINO, ANN CLARK, RYAN PEDLOW, ROLAND PARK ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL & FIRST DATA HONORED AT 2017 GLSEN RESPECT AWARDS – NEW YORK EVENT RAISES 1.2M FOR CREATING SAFE AND LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE K-12 EDUCATION
GLSEN announced that it will honor Matthew Morrison, Jon Stryker, Johnson & Johnson, teacher Desiree Raught and the Nixa High School Gay-Straight Alliance at GLSEN’s Respect Awards – New York to be held on June 1, at Cipriani 42nd Street.
GLSEN's Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, expressed outrage over Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to sign the Religious Freedom Restoration Act after it was passed by the state legislature earlier this week.
Hundreds of students and college representatives take part in the first-ever online college fair, hosted by GLSEN and Campus Pride, focused on helping LGBTQ and ally students find colleges and universities that are inclusive and supportive.
As part of its ongoing mission to create safe and affirming schools for all students, GLSEN will celebrate No Name-Calling Week January 19-23 with educators and students across the country – and more than 60 partner organizations.
GLSEN Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, released the following statement in response to Mayor Vincent Gray signing into law “The Conversion Therapy for Minors Prohibition Amendment Act of 2013,” a ban on “conversion therapy” for minors.
The Gender Identity in U.S. Surveillance Group, on which GLSEN is represented, released a report that highlights the lack of survey measures to identify gender minority respondents in most federally-supported population-based surveys.
GLSEN and Campus Pride partner to expand the reach and impact of Campus Pride National LGBT-Friendly College Fair Program. The organizations will also host first-of-its-kind Campus Pride & GLSEN National Online College Fair & Prep Day.
LGBT youth face greater harassment online, but also find greater peer support and access to health information. Out Online is the first study to examine in-depth the experiences of LGBT youth on the Internet.