Rise Up for LGBTQ+ Youth
Take the Rise Up for LGBTQ+ youth pledge today
I pledge to advocate for safe learning environments where young people, their teachers, and school staff are free from the violence of racism, transphobia, homophobia, sexism, ableism, and all forms of systemic oppression.
I pledge to advocate for LGBTQ+ affirming books, resources, and curriculum in schools.
I pledge to rise up against hateful anti-LGBTQ+ bills and rhetoric.
By providing my address, I understand that I may receive occasional mail communication from GLSEN.
Every pin represents a zip code with at least one affirming advocate for LGBTQ+ youth. Take the pledge today and add your community to the map.
82% of LGBTQ+ youth reported feeling unsafe in school, and things are only getting worse. New anti-LGBTQ+ bills are introduced daily and more students are being stripped of safe and affirming schools, learning environments, books and resources.
In response to hate and violence in schools, educators started GLSEN. This was over 30 years ago.
In response to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” legislation, GLSEN partnered with other organizations to make sure that over 70 million people saw LGBTQ+ supportive billboards across that state.
In response to books being banned, GLSEN started Rainbow Library where we send teachers and librarians LGBTQ+-inclusive books — reaching millions across the country.
And now as a community of advocates, educators, students, allies, and leaders, we all need to Rise Up for LGBTQ+ Youth as a collective power.
Every student deserves to know they are loved, safe, and supported as their authentic selves.
We must seek to transform narratives that deepen hate by supporting young people in public ways.
Why do you Rise Up?
Rise Up is about all of the ways we as LGBTQ+ people unapologetically claim our dignity and worth, and specifically how we amplify the visions and needs of LGBTQ+ young people.
We raise our voices, we raise our fists, we raise our spirits, our consciousness, and our bodies. Like wild seeds we rise up out of the places we are planted, often where we are told we don’t belong and where we are denied the fruitful nourishment and soil that we need.