Nearly 70% of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students report verbal, sexual or physical harassment?
90% of LGBT students regularly hear anti-gay comments at school; over a third hear these comments from staff!
LGB youth are about FOUR TIMES more likely to skip school because they feel unsafe.
75% of the nation's teachers have received no training about the needs of LGBT students.
WHAT IS GLSEN?
GLSEN is the leading national organization fighting to end anti-gay bias in k-12 schools.
What does GLSEN do?
GLSEN combats the harassment and discrimination leveled against students and school personnel.
GLSEN creates learning environments that affirm the inherent dignity of all students, and, in so doing, teaches them to respect and accept all of their classmates- regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.
GLSEN believes that the key to ending anti-gay prejudice and hate-motivated violence is education. And it'ts for this reason that GLSEN brings together students, educators, families and other comminity members - of any sexual orientation - to reform America's educational system.
Local Organizing for Local Results
Thousands of volunteers participate in our national chapter network. Supported by regional field offices in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco, these chapters work with local school boards, principals, educators, and school librarians to create positive change on hometown schools.
Impacting Public Policy, Shaping Public Opinion
Our Washington DC-based public policy office works with elected officials and educational policy leaders at the local, state and federal levels. The goal? To ensure that basic protections are in place for LGBT students, teachers and families. We also bring LGBT education issues into the court of public opinion through public awareness campaigns and coalition building.
Educating the Educators
Today's students are tomorrow's parents, neighbors, and voters. That's why GLSEN creates groundbreaking teacher training materials and inclusive curricular resources. By ensuring that today's teachers teach the lessons of respect for all, we ensure that the next generation of Americans will live in a world where anti-gay prejudice is an exception, not the rule.
Helping Students Fight for Rights
GLSEN's nationally recognized student ogranizing project provides support and resources to youth in even the most isolated of places. We support students as they form and lead gay-straight alliances - helping them to change their own school environments from the inside out.