Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
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|Gay and Lesbian Independent School Teachers Network|
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network, is an organization in the United States that seeks to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in K-12 schools. GLSEN is headquartered in New York City and Washington, D.C.. As of 2009[update], there are thirty-nine chapters across the country.
GLSEN supports gay–straight alliances (GSAs) along with sponsoring their annual National Day of Silence, and No Name-Calling Week and providing resources for teachers on how to support LGBT students, such as "Safe Schools" training. It also sponsors and participates in a host of other "Days of Action", including Ally Week, which is five days held September 28 through October 2, for students to identify and connect with the people that identify as LGBTQ allies.
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Founded as the Gay and Lesbian Independent School Teachers Network (GLSTN) in 1990, the organization began as a local volunteer group of 70 gay and lesbian educators. At that time, there were two gay–straight alliances in the nation, only one state with policy in place to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, and a general lack of awareness of the needs of LGBT students. There were few, if any, resources available for teachers to discuss LGBT issues. However, groups of concerned individuals began to establish chapters across the country, advocating locally and regionally for safe schools for students who were, or were perceived to be, LGBT.
In mid-summer 1994, GLSTN became a national organization with the founding of the first chapter outside Massachusetts, in St. Louis, and in 1995 GLSTN hired its first full-time staff person, GLSEN’s founder and Executive Director Kevin Jennings. In 1997, GLSTN staged its first national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, in response to the legislature’s effort to prevent the formation of GSAs in the state by banning all student groups. In 1997 GLSTN changed its name to GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) in order to attract broader support.
More than 3,600 GSAs have registered with GLSEN, which has approximately forty full-time staff, a governing board of twenty members and two advisory committees at the national level. In addition, nearly forty Chapters are affiliated with GLSEN on local levels. GLSEN has hosted more than 8 national conferences to bring together student leaders, educators, chapter leaders and activists.
Think Before You Speak campaign
On October 8, 2008, GLSEN and Ad Council released the Think Before You Speak Campaign, designed to end homophobic vocabulary among youth, through the use of television, radio, print, and outdoor ads.
In 2000, the leader of the conservative Parents' Rights Coalition of Massachusetts secretly taped one of the fifty workshops in "Teachout 2000", titled "What They Didn't Tell You About Queer Sex and Sexuality in Health Class: Workshop for Youth Only, Ages 14-21" . Students discussed sex in a workshop "billed as a safe place for youths to get their questions about their sexuality answered" in the session's Q&A section. The tapes generated controversy when they were broadcast over radio, and critics pointed out legal prohibition of taping of people without their permission.
GLSEN Respect Awards
GLSEN organizes the annual GLSEN Respect Awards to honor personalities and organizations who have made significant contribution to LGBT youth. They also honor students, educators and gay–straight alliances. Since 2004, there have been over four dozen honorees and over $15 million raised in all. 
|Respect - NY||Respect - LA|
|2015||Johnson & Johnson||tba|
|Desiree Raught, Educator of the Year||tba|
|Nixa High School GSA, GSA of the Year||tba|
|2014||AT&T||Danny Moder & Julia Roberts|
|Janet Mock||Bob Greenblatt|
|Laura Taylor, Educator of the Year||Derek Hough|
|The Park City High School GSA, GSA of the Year||Cliff Tang, Student Advocate of the Year|
|JPMorgan Chase & Co.||Todd Spiewak & Jim Parsons|
|LZ Granderson||Linda Bloodwort -Thomason|
|Farrington High School, GSA of the Year||Laila Al-Shamma, Student Advocate of the Year|
|Matthew Beck, Educator of the Year|
|USA Network’s Characters Unite campaign|
|2012||NBA||Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg|
|Marguerite Kondracke||Simon Halls & Matt Bomer|
|Janet Sammons, Educator of the Year||Bob & Harvey Weinstein|
|Allies 4 Equality, GSA of the Year||Luis Veloz, Student Advocate of the Year|
|2011||Barclays Capital||Wells Fargo|
|Susie Scher & Allison Grover||Chaz Bono|
|Chely Wright||Michele & Rob Reiner|
|Rich Espey, Educator of the Year||Rick Welts|
|Emmett Patterson, Student Advocate of the Year|
|2010||American Express||Modern Family|
|Pfizer||Out & Equal Workplace Advocates|
|David Dechman & Michael Mercure||Dan Renberg and Eugene Kapaloski|
|Cyndi Lauper||Ferial Pearson, Educator of the Year|
|Danielle Smith, Student Advocate of the Year|
|PepsiCo||David C. Bohnett|
|Mary Jane Karger, Educator of the Year||Shonda Rhimes|
|Austin Laufersweiler, Student Advocate of the Year|
|Goldman Sachs||Darren Star|
|Lloyd C. Blankfein||Disney / ABC Television Group|
|Ronald M. Ansin|
|2007||National Education Association||Hon. James C. Hormel|
|Elizabeth Duthinh||Greg Berlanti|
|John Mack||Dr. Neal Baer|
|Hon. Sheila Kuehl|
|2006||Citigroup, Inc.||James Howe|
|Kerry Pacer, Student Activist||Cisco Systems, Inc.|
|The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling||Dr. Virginia Uribe, PH.D|
|2005||Lehman Brothers||Jeff Quin|
|Talia Stein||Moses Kaufman|
|Hon. Richard Gephardt & Chrissy Gephardt||IBM|
- "GLSEN chapters". Retrieved 2015-08-18.
- Safe Schools Training Series via Wayback Machine
- "The Campaign". 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2008-10-09.
- "Think Before You Speak". 2008-10-09. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- "Graphic gay-sex workshop under fire", by Ed Hayward, The Boston Herald, May 17, 2000
- www.glsen.org — GLSEN official site
- No Name Calling Week
- Think Before You Speak Campaign
- GLSEN's Day of Silence