Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, 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.
GLSEN works with educators, policy makers, community leaders and students on the urgent need to address anti-LGBT behavior and bias in schools. GLSEN strives to protect students from bullying and harassment, to advance comprehensive safe schools laws and policies, to empower principals to make their schools safer, and to build the skills of educators to teach respect for all people.
Some of GLSEN's initiatives include:
ThinkB4YouSpeak: New web site to raise awareness about anti-LGBT language
No Name-Calling Week: A week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to foster a dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities
The Training of Trainers Program: Workshops geared to educators and community-based organizers who want to learn how to develop educational initiatives in their schools and local communities to make schools safer for LGBT students
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