Across the country, GLSEN chapters have been and continue to participate in Pride events to raise awareness about their work to make school climate better for all within their local communities. They’re bringing together local students, educators, parents and other community members to table, march and be proud.
Join us in being #GLSENPROUD now! Dates and contact information are below.
6 April – GLSEN Phoenix – Phoenix Pride – email@example.com
4 May – GLSEN Massachusetts – Northhampton Pride – firstname.lastname@example.org
1 June - GLSEN Hawai’i – Honolulu Pride – email@example.com
1 June – GLSEN New York Capital Region – Black and Latino Pride, Albany –firstname.lastname@example.org
2 June – GLSEN Central New Jersey -New Jersey Pride, Asbury Park –email@example.com
2 June – GLSEN Hudson Valley – New Paltz – firstname.lastname@example.org
8 June – GLSEN Kansas City – St. Joseph Pride, MO – email@example.com
8 June – GLSEN Northern Virginia – Capital Pride, DC – firstname.lastname@example.org
9 June – GLSEN New York Capital Region – Capital Pride, Albany – email@example.com
15 June – GLSEN Baltimore – Baltimore Pride – firstname.lastname@example.org
15 June – GLSEN Middle Tennessee – Nashville Pride – email@example.com
15 June – GLSEN New York Capital Region – Hudson Pride, Albany – firstname.lastname@example.org
15 June – GLSEN Southern Maine – Portland Pride – email@example.com
15-16 June – GLSEN West Michigan – West Michigan Pride, Grand Rapids –firstname.lastname@example.org
16 June – GLSEN Baltimore – Baltimore Pride – email@example.com
16 June – GLSEN Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Pride – firstname.lastname@example.org
20-22 June – GLSEN Omaha – Omaha Pride – email@example.com
22 June - GLSEN East Tennessee – Knoxville Pride – firstname.lastname@example.org
22 June – GLSEN New York Capital Region – Schenectady Pride – email@example.com
29 June – GLSEN Greater Cincinnati – Cincinnati Pride – firstname.lastname@example.org
29 June – GLSEN Downeast Maine – Northern Maine Pride, Bangor –email@example.com
29 June – GLSEN Houston – Houston Pride – firstname.lastname@example.org
29 June – GLSEN Massachusetts – North Shore Pride – email@example.com
29 June – GLSEN Tampa – St. Pete Pride, St. Petersburg – firstname.lastname@example.org
30 June – GLSEN Washington State – Seattle Pride – email@example.com
13 July – GLSEN San Diego – San Diego Pride – firstname.lastname@example.org
6 September – GLSEN Southern Nevada – Las Vegas Pride – email@example.com
5 October – GLSEN Orlando – Orlando Pride – firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t see your city represented? Check for a chapter in your area at www.glsen.org/chapters.
GLSEN IS PROUD OF…
Here at GLSEN we have so much to be proud of – including yesterday’s major milestone for the Safe School Improvement Act – and supporters like you make this work happen! GLSEN’s victories – large and small – can be found everywhere.
As we enter Pride Month, we want to share some news that has us beaming with pride. Be on the lookout for a few of these stories in your inbox this month that we hope will leave you inspired and energized.
We also have a surprise (or two) planned for this month to express appreciation for our loyal supporters.
To kick off Pride month, would you share with GLSEN what makes you proud and use #GLSENPROUD on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr when you do? Snap a photo with our sign sharing what fills you with pride and send it to us on your favorite social network.
Stay tuned throughout the month as we share our pride with you!
Here's our first update from Emma & César: We made it to DC safely and back to the hotel -- despite construction on the subway! We're about to head into our first workshop and wanted to send you a quick first hello. Check it out.
Has your Gay-Straight Alliance or similar club accomplished amazing things this year? Tell us how your club is making a difference in your schoo! Your GSA could be selected as GLSEN’s 2013 GSA of the Year, presented by AT&T, to be honored at the Respect Awards – New York on May 20. Apply now. GLSEN will send a GSA student representative and the GSA’s advisor to New York to accept the award. One runner-up will receive recognition in the Respect Awards program. Click here to nominate a GSA (including your own)! GLSEN is also calling for nominations for our 2013 Educator of the Year, presented by Sodexo. Each year GLSEN recognizes and celebrates a K-12 Educator for outstanding accomplishments and commitment to safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Click here to nominate an educator for GLSEN’s Educator of the Year Award The period to nominate closes February 24th at midnight, so submit today!
This post by Marissa was originally posted on her Tumblr.
This picture is of my principal, assistant principal, and I during No Name Calling Week.
I got my GSA to do this thing where we wore shirts with names crossed out that we dislike when used out of context, with negative connotation, or just to hurt others intentionally. We knew what had to be done in order to get our point across, but we were still pretty nervous about wearing our shirts to school. I got a lot of weird looks and a few whispers as I made my way to my first class, which was expected. But what I didn’t expect were the high fives I received after explaining to a few curious students why I was wearing the shirt. I definitely did not anticipate the hug from one of my classmates, and the genuine “Thank you” that accompanied it. More and more questions arose about why we were wearing the shirts, and where we had gotten them. I told a few kids that our sponsor helped us make them, and that she had paint in her room. Long story short: the idea caught on. By my third class, I had seen several random kids at my school who weren’t even members of the GSA wearing shirts they had made. Some had names they’d been called personally (like “Gay Bitch” and “Slut”). It completely took me by surprise, and the whole event turned out to be just...surreal. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The next day, my principal stopped me by my locker, wearing a shirt that he had made. Apparently, he asked the sponsor of our GSA about the outbreak of shirts in his hallways and decided to make one of his own, along with the assistant principal. He told me that he supported the GSA 100%, and that he was proud of me. I may or may not have broken out in tears. That’s not important. The important part is that I had just been about to completely give up trying to make this Gay-Straight Alliance work. I felt like I was letting my babies down. We had started it ourselves ...but it was going nowhere. We wanted to make a difference, but we felt like we weren’t even close to getting through to our peers. This event opened everyone’s eyes to who we are and what we are capable of. I am so glad that our hard work hasn’t been in vain and I couldn’t be prouder.
Marissa is a 17-year-old senior from Chicago, Illinois who is president of her school's GSA. She loves acting, books, and the world of musical theater.
Al Franken is a U.S. senator from Minnesota and a lead sponsor on the Student Nondiscrimination Act. Here's his Ally Week message:
I’m proud to celebrate Ally Week with GLSEN and Gay-Straight Alliances around the country—and I’m especially proud to be one of their allies. We will only succeed in stopping anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in our nation’s schools by locking arms and standing united—young and old, gay and straight—against discrimination. If we do this, it will only be a matter of time before we pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act and the Safe Schools Improvement Act, two pieces of legislation which will go a long way in guaranteeing safe and effective schools for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Student San Francisco, CA
I first discovered a dearth of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender literature in schools when I needed information on how come out as lesbian to my parents in 7th grade. I was scared. I had no idea how to tell my family that I wanted to marry a girl. Eventually, I mustered up the courage to come out. While my family was accepting, I could not shake my discomfort from knowing that other kids in my school had no books to turn to for help. This inspired me to start The Make It Safe Project, an organization that sends books about sexual orientation and gender expression to schools and youth homeless shelters. Each box contains ten books, a mix of fiction and nonfiction, with topics ranging from coming out to dealing with bullying. In the last year, I have spent over 500 hours on The Make It Safe Project, giving more than 60,000 kids access to books. I have reached eighteen states -- Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington -- and internationally to Mauritius. Additionally, I am in the process of making The Make It Safe Project a registered non-profit corporation. A year from now, I hope I can say I have given 100,000 teens access to books. Every day, I hear that one person can change the world, but there is a difference between hearing that and experiencing it yourself. I hope my story inspires you to help make your community safe for all students. I hope you, too, get the chance to experience the feeling you get from knowing you have made a difference. For the past two years, Amelia has participated in GLSEN's Student Ambassador program, a student leadership program run by GLSEN's communications department. She credits the success of The Make It Safe Project to the experience, tools, and support she gained through the Ambassador program. If you are interested in GLSEN's Student Ambassador program, make sure you are subscribed to student updates and we'll let you know when applications open this spring.
Elementary School Principal Poestenkill, New York
Every year I am more and more convinced that we do not do enough to safeguard our LGBT student population. They are bullied and harassed more often than their peers and don't feel safe coming to school. As a school administrator I believe that parents send their kids to school so they can learn but they expect them to be safe. It is our job as school administrators and teachers to make sure that all students feel safe when they come to school. This year is very exciting in New York State because all school districts have to implement the Dignity for All Students Act (Dignity Act), which means that they have to make sure that they are offering safeguards and resources that will help create an inclusive environment. In my own district we have school board policies and student codes of conduct to help ensure that we are creating a safe environment for all students. Through our district curriculum teams, librarians offer LGBT sections in the high school library and K-12 teachers educate students about gender bias through the use of children’s literature and character education resources. In addition, we are using sources from GLSEN’s Ready, Set, Respect and our Dignity Act committee will be implementing student surveys to see how well it is working. Peter DeWitt is a blogger at Education Week and author of “Dignity For All: Safeguarding LGBT Students.”
Resources to help you get back to school
Ready, Set, Respect! - a toolkit for elementary educators States with Safe Schools laws - check to see if your state has an enumerated anti-bullying policy, such as the Dignity for All Students Act in New York Model Laws & Policies - if your state doesn't have anti-bullying legislation, take a look at our model legislation and talk to your local lawmakers about adopting it What have YOU done to transform you school? What ideas or tips can you provide to other LGBT students overcoming challenges? Share your story with us so that we can share it with world. Together, we'll be inspired to make this school year even better than the last – for everyone.
Sixty seconds — that’s all it takes to help GLSEN secure much needed additional funds. Each year CREDO* Action asks customers to nominate nonprofits for membership in the company’s annual donations pool. Once selected, members vote to determine how donations are distributed. GLSEN is on the ballot again this year and we need your votes! The best part is — the more votes we receive, the more funding we can secure. Voting is a simple and effective way to support GLSEN! If you are already a CREDO member, all you have to do is click here and vote. If you're not a member please sign up for free CREDO Action Alerts and you will be able to vote immediately. Last year, thanks to the support of our friends, GLSEN was awarded more than $70,000 — an increase of about $10,000 from the previous year. This would not have happened without your votes. This year we're shooting to break the $100,000 mark; that would allow us to place more resources in schools and help create safe learning environments for even more students. Please help us win! LGBT and allied students are counting on your support —please vote now!
Troy is a high school student in Ocoee, Florida and shared with us how GLSEN programs and resources have impacted his life. Have GLSEN programs and resources helped you, your students, or your family? Share your GLSEN story with us. GLSEN gave me the opportunity to take action in a way never before available. I have always been a supporter of LGBT rights, or as I view it, simple human rights. Many friends of mine who were gay only came out when they knew that there were people like me and teachers who were available for support. I know that I have a friend and an ally today that I never would have even considered last school year. It was my English teacher who is an avid supporter of LGBT rights and projects it with a Safe Space sticker. I immediately knew that she was a person I could come to for anything. I come to her with my problems and to seek help for others and together we might have even saved a life. To ban those resources will not just take away the benefits, it will cause harm. The benefits are an opening of vision to other people's personalities and lifestyles, and the effects are saved lives and alleviated depression and stress for struggling teens. This will only makes the lives of these already struggling teens harder. I am sure also that these teens will hear of this ban of GLSEN resources. This will makes them feel alienated--as if the people who are meant to be role models, the authority figures of their school system, do not approve of the way that they feel. So once again, Erie, IL Community School Board, I implore to you to reverse the ban of GLSEN resources in your school district because not only are you impeding a step forward, you are taking three steps back. You are not just taking away benefits but you are directly causing pain and suffering to the children in your district. Troy Class of 2012
Take Action to #ReverseTheBan in Erie, IL
The Erie Community Unit School District in Illinois banned the use of GLSEN resources and programs such as No Name-Calling Week and Ready, Set, Respect! in elementary schools. These programs and resources - endorsed by national leaders in elementary education including the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Association of Elementary School Principals - had been successfully used in schools in Erie until this decision. And they continue to be used in thousands of schools across the country. We reached out to the School Board in hopes of opening a dialogue, and we asked the School Board to reconsider. Unfortunately, the school board won't budge. So now we need your help.