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Ally Week and The Day of Silence

Pledge your support for the LGBTQIA+ community.

"I believe schools should be safe, supportive places for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression."

Not use anti-LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Genderqueer, Intersex, and Asexual, etc) language or slurs.

- Intervene, if I safely can, in situations where students are being harassed.

- Support efforts to make this, and every, school safe for all students.

Support Equality

Be an Ally

“In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: The ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint or obligation.”

-- Simone de Beauvoir


Our Mission

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. We believe that such an atmosphere engenders a positive sense of self, which is the basis of educational achievement and personal growth. Since homophobia and heterosexism undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike.

We recognize that forces such as racism and sexism have similarly adverse impacts on communities and we support schools in seeking to redress all such inequities.

GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community. We welcome any and all individuals as members, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or occupation, who are committed to seeing this philosophy realized in K-12 schools.