GLSEN is the leading education organization creating safe and inclusive schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression.
We envision a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression. Our mission focuses on developing schools where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.
GLSEN's research provides evidence-supported interventions that can improve all student's ability to excel academically. The four inclusivity supports are protective policies, supportive educators, affirming curriculum, and empowering LGBTQ clubs.
GLSEN's work is led by 40 community-led GLSEN Chapters in 25 states, more than 13,000 educators, and 8,000 registered LGBTQ clubs. Each year GLSEN Chapters training more than 5,000 students, educators, and school personnel and work to create comprehensive policies in support of inclusive schools -- such as our work with local partner organizations to defeat 9 anti-trans state bills in 2017.
GLSEN also supports more than 8,000 school-based clubs, commonly known as Gay-Straight Alliances. GLSEN has built a network of over 13,000 educators across the country. And our groundbreaking research project, GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey, which began in 1999, remains the nation’s only report on school climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) middle and high school students.
Honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change” and as one of the top three national LGBTQ nonprofits by Guidestar/Philanthropedia, GLSEN focuses its efforts on the support and opportunities provided by these four pillars:
SAFETY. Every school in the country should have an LGBTQ-inclusive anti-bullying policy, with school staff trained and prepared to enforce that policy.
RESPECT Elementary school curricula should reflect the reality of children with LGBTQ parents and convey an LGBTQ-inclusive message of respect for all; middle and high school social studies and history curricula should include information about LGBTQ people, history, and events.
HEALTH School counseling, and health supports and curricula, including physical education, should be accessible to all students regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
LEADERSHIP Leadership opportunities should be accessible to all students. We will continue to point to the growing body of accomplishment of GLSEN student alumni as they emerge as effective and engaged leaders. We welcome your continued support to ensure that every school is a place where every child learns to respect all people.
For more information on GLSEN's research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.