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All Students Have the Right to Thrive by Eliza Byard, GLSEN Executive Director
Watch GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard's speech at our Respect Awards - New York gala on May 23 about creating not just safe schools but truly great schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
GLSEN Teams up with the NBA and the Ad Council for Our Latest PSA
GLSEN and the Ad Council joined the National Basketball Association (NBA) to debut a series of public service advertisements (PSA) featuring Phoenix Suns stars Grant Hill and Jared Dudley designed to address the use of anti-gay language among teens. The campaign includes new television, radio, print and Web ads. The TV spot launched this month during the NBA Conference Finals on ABC, TNT and ESPN. The PSAs are an extension of the award-winning Think Before You Speakcampaign and Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project.
GLSEN unveiled its new logo, embodying the past, present and future of GLSEN’s work – a fresh, bold evolution of how our visual identity reflects our mission to ensure safe, respectful and healthful schools for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. You'll also notice some design updates at www.glsen.org. Stay tuned for more changes in the months ahead as we incorporate the new look and feel into all the work we do to create great schools and an equal opportunity for all students to get an education.
GLSEN is proud to announce the selection of Maryland teacher Rich Espey as the 2011 GLSEN Educator of the Year, presented by Sodexo.
Each year, the award recognizes a remarkable educator who has demonstrated a commitment to GLSEN's mission of ensuring safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.
Across the country, a number of state legislatures are getting ready to close, while others are rapidly shuffling through a number of bills before the end of the legislative season. Overall, this year has seen remarkable gains for LGBT students, considering the threatening atmosphere at the beginning of the session.
Earlier this month, with a warm ocean breeze coming off the Pacific and a picturesque pink hued Malibu sunset, GLSEN supporters gathered for the Women Who GLSEN event honoring the ladies of "The Talk" for their support of GLSEN's safe schools work. Sara Gilbert and Leah Reminiwere in attendance to accept the award, along with a number of celebrities who spoke to the need for safer, more inclusive school environments that are free from bullying and harassment.
GLSEN is pleased to announce that the judging process for the 2011 Creative Expression Contest is complete and the winners have been selected. This year's contest brought in many amazing and creative entries including drawings, paintings, poems, stories, songs, videos, sculptures and much, much more. We continue to be touched by the wisdom and commitment demonstrated by students to ending name-calling and bullying in schools. We want to thank all of the students who thought critically about the effects of bullying and demonstrated great determination to assist in putting an end to name-calling and bullying in their schools.
Advise the U.S. Department of Education about Educational Needs in Your Region
The Secretary of Education has appointed ten Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) to advise the U.S. Department of Education about the educational needs in each of the ten geographic regions. Each RAC will conduct an educational needs assessment and submit a report to the Secretary, who will take the regional assessments into account in establishing priorities for the comprehensive technical assistance centers. In conducting its assessment of regional educational needs, each RAC is seeking input from people within the region. Here is your chance to make a difference in education policy.
The Safe Space Kit, which includes the Guide to Being an Ally to LGBT Students, provides concrete strategies for supporting LGBT students, educating about anti-LGBT bias and advocating for changes in your school.
Barclays Capital has partnered with GLSEN since 2009, demonstrating their support of GLSEN and the students we work to be a support and resource for, everyday. Each year GLSEN receives support from a variety of institutions, including private foundations, corporations and corporate foundations. National Sponsors make significant annual commitments to GLSEN Learn more.