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Kevin Jennings
Kevin Jennings is an educator, social justice activist, and author of six books. He is Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation, a private grantmaking institution dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. He previously served as Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education, heading the department’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. He is also the founder of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

Kevin holds a BA from Harvard University, an MA in education from Columbia University’s Teachers College, from which he received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He has received numerous awards for his work, is a regular speaker on national and international platforms and is a board member of the Harvard Alumni Association, the Union Theological Seminary, the You Can Play Project, and is Board Chair for the Tectonic Theater Project, which created The Laramie Project.

Entries by Kevin Jennings

Here's Why LGBT Equality Must Be About More Than the U.S.

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 6:34 PM

Like many reading this, I was elated over the Supreme Court's marriage ruling on June 26. Two days later, Jeff (my partner of 20 years) and I joined friends to celebrate New York's annual LGBT Pride March. And with the timing of the court's decision, you could feel the hope...

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Why Conservation Is a Dangerous Business

(1) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 2:34 PM

As Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation, I have the distinct privilege of meeting extraordinary leaders and organizations on the frontlines for change. This past week, I spent time at Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park learning firsthand from park rangers and our grantees about their conservation work. The park...

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Why All LGBT People Should Care About Places Like Russia, Uganda and Gambia

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 1:40 PM


In February, Ugandan President Museveni signed a bill into law criminalizing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and punishing anyone who supports LGBT equality with lifetime imprisonment. Amidst the enthusiastic applause at the bill-signing ceremony, LGBT Ugandans were unable to...

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Quiet Please: Grown-Ups Are Talking

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 5:01 PM

Often what passes for political debate in America reminds me of two kids shouting at each other "I know you are but what am I?" across the playground -- except that playground happens to be Washington, D.C. While the nation faces an economic downturn the likes of which we have...

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(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2012 | 7:23 PM

Sometimes you come across ideas that are definite "no-brainers." The latest example is

As you may know, youth un- and under-employment is an epidemic in America. A third of high school graduates today are not in college or are unemployed -- the highest level since...

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The Road to Nowhere

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 11:45 AM

I remember graduating from high school in 1981. There was this sense of possibility, of beginning, of hope, a bedrock belief that my future was bright and limitless, that my generation would soar higher and farther than any before.

Times have changed.

Recent high school graduates in the U.S....

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Graduation Special -- What's an Education Really Worth?

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 11:58 AM

It's Commencement Season! Across America young people are sweltering in polyester robes as they celebrate the completion of their high school or college careers. Millions of American families are beaming with pride as the next generation tosses its caps in the air and completes this rite of passage.

There's only...

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The American Dream -- Then and Now

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 1:47 PM

I turned 49 on May 8. Happy Birthday to me!

To celebrate, my partner and I went with 10 of our friends back to North Carolina's "Triad" (Winston-Salem-Greensboro-High Point) area, where I grew up. There are many things to see in the Triad area -- the International Civil Rights Museum...

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Recruit, Recruit, Recruit!

(9) Comments | Posted August 27, 2007 | 8:32 PM

It's back to school time and religious fundamentalists in Texas are salivating. Why? Because of what the Houston Chronicle terms the "insidiously named Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act," which has given them a license to recruit new believers in schools.

This new law requires Texas school districts to adopt...

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Gay Pride 2007: The Love That Dare Not Shows Its Face (In Newark, Anyway)

(13) Comments | Posted June 24, 2007 | 3:45 PM

medium_Andre.jpgSo it's 2007 and people in blue states like New Jersey and New York say it's fine to be gay. Well, don't tell that to Andre Jackson.

Apparently, Andre Jackson is a pretty typical, normal high school kid. A senior at Newark's East High,...

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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

(5) Comments | Posted May 11, 2007 | 5:50 PM

"To equate Bible study groups and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes with Gay-Straight Alliances is tantamount to comparing the Sistine Chapel with a strip joint." - Kenric Ward, opinion page editor of the Vero Beach Press Journal, in

Oh my.

For the past several months in...

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Fighting for Freedom in Philadelphia: Barbara Gittings, 1932-2007

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2007 | 6:09 PM

I spoke yesterday at a memorial service for Barbara Gittings in Philadelphia. Many of you may not recognize the name of this legendary activist, which is too bad because, as he put it in his remarks, my friend Matt Foreman (Executive Director of NGLTF, the National Gay & Lesbian Task...

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When Will We Learn?

(15) Comments | Posted April 21, 2007 | 1:59 PM

A further insight into Cho's background comes from high school classmates in suburban Washington who say he was bullied and laughed at over his Korean accent and shyness. When called on in class, they say, he would hang his head in silence.

-MSNBC report

Leave it to a...

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Surgery, Silence, and Skipping School

(8) Comments | Posted April 17, 2007 | 7:27 PM


Six students followed 15-year-old Anthony Hergesheimer as he walked home from school two weeks ago in Pueblo, Colo. After yelling anti-gay slurs at him during several passes in their car, one of the six students got out of the car and threw an object, breaking...

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Locker Room Bullies

(14) Comments | Posted March 22, 2007 | 1:53 PM

"We're not trying to downgrade anyone else."

Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy trying to explain why his active support for a same-sex marriage ban is OK is somehow not a statement against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in USA Today.

I've always been a New...

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Mean Spirited Meddling and Mischief in Mormon Country

(23) Comments | Posted March 18, 2007 | 1:41 PM

"History repeats itself: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce."--Karl Marx

They're baaack!

Ten years ago, Utah's legislators had an apoplectic fit and tried to ban all student clubs when students at Salt Lake City's East High School started a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) student club...

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What the Hays? Florida Legislator Proves Need for a Real Safe Schools Bill

(9) Comments | Posted March 17, 2007 | 7:14 PM

Earlier this week, some Florida high school and college students, many of them LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender), went to Tallahassee to make the case for the "Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up For All Students Act," which takes aim at harassing and bullying behaviors in the state's schools. One...

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Holy Communion in Wyoming: Who Would Jesus Serve?

(40) Comments | Posted March 14, 2007 | 2:03 PM

Judge not, that ye be not judged... Why beholdest thou the mote that is in they brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?... Thou hypocrite, first cast the beam out of thine own eye."

Matthew 7: 1, 3, 5

A lesbian couple named...

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Pigs, Grunts, and Ann Coulter

(9) Comments | Posted March 6, 2007 | 2:59 PM

"'Faggot isn't offensive to gays; it has nothing to do with gays...It's a schoolyard taunt."

Ann Coulter on Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, March 5, 2007

"What do you expect from a pig but a grunt?"

Alice Jennings (1925-2002), innumerable occasions

Oh Ann. You've got to be kidding....

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Snake Oil for Sale!

(23) Comments | Posted February 7, 2007 | 1:26 PM

"He [Reverend Ted Haggard] is completely heterosexual."
--Rev. Tim Ralph to the Denver Post

So Ted Haggard is completely heterosexual. And I am the Queen of England.

I'm sorry, you don't have a three-year affair with another man if you are "completely heterosexual." Mr. Haggard cannot use...

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