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Transgender Student Organization Becoming GLSEN Program

Grassroots Youth Organization Supporting Transgender & Gender Nonconforming Students Becoming GLSEN program


Andy Marra
Public Relations Manager


NEW YORK – July 18, 2013 – Transgender Student Rights, a youth-created grassroots organization, and GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, today announced that Transgender Student Rights (TSR) will become a GLSEN program and add to GLSEN’s existing collection of resources and efforts supporting transgender and gender nonconforming students.

“We are incredibly honored the student founders of this grassroots movement have entrusted GLSEN with the responsibility of providing support to transgender and gender nonconforming students in school,” said Martha Langmuir, GLSEN’s Director of Community Initiatives. “Transgender and gender nonconforming students largely remain on the fringes of the school community and GLSEN will use this opportunity to build upon our groundbreaking resources and work to address gender identity/expression in K-12 education.”

TSR will be integrated into the GLSEN website and GLSEN will support TSR’s Facebook page, Twitter account and blog, in conjunction with TSR’s youth advisory committee.

TSR was founded in December 2009 by a group of transgender and cisgender high school students in an effort to spread awareness of the experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming students in school and encourage school policies inclusive of gender identity/expression. This grassroots movement has grown in size to over 10,000 engaged followers on Facebook.

Eighty percent of transgender students reported feeling unsafe at school because of their gender expression, according to GLSEN’s 2011 National School Climate Survey. 63.9% of LGBT students also reported being harassed at school in the past year because of their gender expression.

GLSEN continues to provide a range of tools and resources focused on gender identity/expression. In the past, GLSEN has released “Know Your Rights: A Guide for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Students,” a joint publication jointly developed with the American Civil Liberties Union. GLSEN also created its Model District Policy on Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students to provide school administrators with model language and best practices on creating a safer and more inclusive school environment.

To learn more about the experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming students, please watch our research webinar on gender identity/expression.


About GLSEN 
The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN's research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit