The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has chosen its student ambassadors for the 2012-2013 school year. Each year the organization, which is "committed to empowering youth to advocate for safe schools for all students," chooses a number of students to represent GLSEN by sharing their stories in the media and using their social media presences to raise awareness about GLSEN and creating and maintaining safe schools.
This year's 18 LGBT and ally GLSEN Student Ambassadors hail from across the country and last week they descended upon New York City for a four-day media and safe schools summit. While at the summit the student ambassadors received extensive training on how to share their personal stories in both traditional media as well as via their own social media accounts during the upcoming school year. Ambassadors will also serve as GLSEN bloggers, op-ed contributors and appear at GLSEN’s Respect Awards in New York and Los Angeles and at events on Capitol Hill.
In the past the GLSEN Student Ambassadors have been featured in the Associated Press, "Anderson Cooper 360," Entertainment Weekly, Nickelodeon, and New York Times, just to name a few. Last week they dropped by the Huffington Post offices to meet with Gay Voices Editor Noah Michelson to discuss the ins and outs of blogging.
Gay Voices was honored to spend the afternoon with the GLSEN Student Ambassadors and we invited them to become bloggers for the site. We look forward to featuring their blogs this fall, but in the meantime, get better acquainted with the 18 incredible Student Ambassadors in the slideshow below.