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My Life As A Trans Woman Teaching High School In A 'Bathroom Bill' State

Broadly | James Nichols | Posted 02.18.2017 | Queer Voices

Because none of my coworkers or students knew I was trans, I thought I’d be immune to the effects of government-sanctioned discrimination. I was wro...

Teens Report Onslaught Of Bullying During Divisive Election

ProPublica | Eline Gordts | Posted 01.24.2017 | Politics

By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica A new national survey of more than 50,000 teens charts a surge in abusive and hateful behavior among young people since t...

Could Gay-Straight Alliances Reduce Bullying?

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 10.31.2016 | Queer Voices
Greater Good Science Center

As students across the country zip up their backpacks and get on the bus for their first weeks of school, many will have more to focus on than memorizing their new schedules or making it to homeroom on time.

Confessions Of A Straight White Male

James McCrae | Posted 07.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
James McCrae

Human nature does not go gently into that good night, but the time has come to evolve past the outdated impulses that no longer serve us.

GSA of the Year: This is the Beginning, Not the End

The GLSEN Blog | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.31.2016 | Queer Voices

When our GSA advisor, Michelle, first announced that we won GLSEN’s GSA of the Year, we were in complete shock, speechless even. She and Courtney, o...

Attack on Gay-Straight Alliances Reveals Religious Right's Ugly Anti-Gay Heart

Peter Montgomery | Posted 04.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter Montgomery

Many Religious Right activists and leaders feign hurt and indignation at being described as anti-gay. They're not anti-anybody, they insist, they are just in favor of "traditional values" or "biblical marriage."

How We Lose Our Allies and How We Can Gain Them Back

Keay Nigel | Posted 03.10.2016 | Queer Voices
Keay Nigel

On top of time and patience, we also must be willing to teach and guide our allies.

One Teacher's Back-to-School Catharsis

Jeremy Charneco-Sullivan | Posted 08.05.2016 | Education
Jeremy Charneco-Sullivan

We must ensure that every single student that we are lucky enough to help learn and grow knows that they have value. They must know that they are worthy of praise. They must know that they deserve to be celebrated and not simply tolerated.

Gay-Straight Alliance of the Year Calls for Action

Jeremy Charneco-Sullivan | Posted 06.23.2016 | Education
Jeremy Charneco-Sullivan

On June 1, 2015, I experienced one of the most powerful moments of my life when I joined Jackie Swindell, Parker Davidson, and Awreon Riley at the GLSEN Respect Awards to accept the award for GSA of the Year. We decided to use that opportunity to call attention to the lack of LGBTQ anti-bullying policies in America's schools and to remind everyone that the battle for respect and equality is far from over in the middle of our country. Here is the transcript of that speech. Read the words and know that they come from the hearts of two educators and two students who desire to see a public school system where all students are celebrated for being exactly who they are.

Rebecca Klein

Few School Districts Have Anti-Bullying Policies Protecting LGBT Students | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A majority of American school districts have no policies protecting LGBT students from bullying, according to a report released Wednesday. Nearly 3...

Rebecca Klein

This Gay Straight Alliance Won A Major Award, But It's Still Fighting For Acceptance In Its School | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Nixa High School's Gay Straight Alliance is changing lives. In just two years, the club has lobbied state lawmakers for more LGBT-inclusive anti-bully...

The States Where LGBT Teens Face The Most Harassment

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

It's not easy to be a gay adolescent in America. According to data from the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network's 2013 National School Climat...

The Inspiring Reason One 14-Year-Old Is Suing Her Middle School

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 03.05.2015 | Teen

A Florida teen is suing her middle school for the right to launch a Gay-Straight Alliance club, which she says will serve as a sanctuary for lesbian, ...

Our Black Future Legends Are Here

Mustafa Sullivan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mustafa Sullivan

When black people are homophobic, they are doing the oppressor's work for them, and when white queers erase the experiences and efforts of black transgender women and LGBTQ youth of color, they are doing the oppressor's work for them.

Mississippi School Board Fights To Block Gay-Straight Alliance From Forming

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Tani | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

A Mississippi school board has rewritten the district's rules on school clubs after a student expressed interest in forming what the superintendent ca...

Is the Gay Community Scaring Away Our Straight Allies?

Mason Hsieh | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mason Hsieh

When one of my new straight-male friends asked if he could sit in on a QSA meeting, I immediately said yes and took him to a panel on LGBT dating, hoping to show him how cool the queer community is. The discussion was mostly civil, until my fledgling ally worked up the courage to ask one simple question.

Inclusion and Belonging: Why Gay-Straight Alliances in Catholic Schools Matter

Jenna Tenn-Yuk | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jenna Tenn-Yuk

LGBTQ students in Catholic boards face the added dimension of shame and self-hatred from entrenched homophobia in the church. As a gay Christian, I'm all too familiar with these experiences.

Rebecca Klein

Things Are Improving For LGBT Students, But They're Still Really Bad | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Schools are getting better at fostering a friendly environment for LGBT students, but they still have a long way to go. A survey released Wednesday...

Rebecca Klein

LGBT Kids Of Color Are More Likely To Be Disciplined In School, Study Shows | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Tanayshia Price, a 15-year-old black student who identifies as queer, says she has been suspended from school more times than she can count. “I f...

Love Letters

Matthew Ebert | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Ebert

My first kiss happened when I was thirteen. My boyfriend at the time was fourteen. It wasn't long before we were real lovers. But I couldn't sustain it for more than a year or two. I was young and wild.

Lessons Learned From Kissing a Straight Boy

Mark S. King | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark S. King

Last night, I kissed a straight guy full on the lips. Then he tenderly put his arms around me and kissed me back. Tonight, I'm going to do it again.

WATCH: Amazing Chorus Creates Safe Spaces For ALL Youth

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The Diverse Harmony GSA Youth Chorus is an organization born out of the desire to make young people feel accepted and welcome while doing what they lo...

Republican Lawmaker Does NOT Approve Of Students Wearing Pro-Gay Shirts

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A Missouri lawmaker caused a firestorm of controversy last week after he tweeted disparaging comments about teens wearing T-shirts that support gay-st...

WATCH: This Gay Student Wants YOU To Wear Purple This Spirit Day

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Spirit Day, a day to stand against bullying and show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, is this Thursday, Oct. 17 -- and...

Extreme Responses to Bullying Harm Us All

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

Extreme disciplinary responses can actually make the problem worse, and even hurt the very students they are designed to protect. To defend themselves, victims of bullying often see no other choice than to employ survival tactics, which could include carrying a weapon.