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Memories of Violence: Family Discusses Why It's Important to Support Their Trans Child

Randall Jenson | Posted 01.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Randall Jenson

Last year, Mazy was aware and confident enough in herself, after coping with a lot of self-shame and bullying, to share with her family, second grade class and elementary school that she had always known she was a girl.

These Are The States Where Students Get Harassed The Most For Their Sexual Orientation

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.13.2014 | Gay Voices

Students in states such as South Carolina and Alabama face significantly more bullying over their sexual orientation than students in states like Conn...

Rebecca Klein

Things Are Improving For LGBT Students, But They're Still Really Bad | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.23.2014 | Gay 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...

Filmmaker K. Rocco Shields Joins Forces With GLSEN to End Bullying (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with filmmaker K. Rocco Shields about her multiple-award-winning viral short Love Is All You Need?, which is about to become a full-length feature film. The concept of the film follows the life of an ordinary heterosexual girl who is bullied in a world where everyone is gay.

Those Who Changed History but Won't Be in the History Books

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

As a historian and straight educator who sees the struggles of his gay students on a daily basis, I know that there are individuals who performed acts that may not seem historic or monumental but have indirectly improved the lives of so many.

Education: Our Best Defense Against Ignorance

Michael Rohrer | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

Why shouldn't a child learn of LGBT issues in school? Doesn't it take some of the stigma away from being LGBT if children are taught of its existence instead of it being a dirty little secret that is only spoken about in hushed voices? I would have benefited from such a learning environment.

GLSEN Announces Honorees For 2013 Respect Awards

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.05.2013 | Gay Voices

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) announced this week the list of honorees for the organization's 2013 Respect Awards -- Los Ang...

Where Courage is Found

Eliza Byard | Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Eliza Byard

These days, I find that I feel greatest urgency not because I myself am a lesbian, but because I am a mother, an education advocate and someone fighting for a brighter future for so many young people who lack the opportunity to thrive.

LGBT Legal Progress: 1988 - 2038

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Much of the progress towards freedom and equality occurs in legislatures and courts, making a legal education a necessity. This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 25th anniversary conference of Lavender Law in San Francisco.

Back to School Supply Drives for Older Youth

Sue Kerr | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Sue Kerr

Our young LGBTQA youth (gay and straight for short) don't have family support and often don't have a place to live, but they are trying to continue with their education. So, child-sized backpacks and boxes of crayons aren't enough to get them on their way.

Robbie Rogers Named As Co-Chair Of Major LGBT Award Show

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices

Famed LA Galaxy Soccer Player Robbie Rogers and Emmy-nominated actress Kerry Washington are currently slated to serve as honorary co-chairs for the Ga...

GLSEN and UNESCO Convene Global Safe Schools Activists to Support LGBT Youth

Ileana Jiménez | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Ileana Jiménez

In late June in Buenos Aires, the U.S.'s leading LGBT youth and education advocacy group, GLSEN, and UNESCO hosted a historic convening of groups from 20 countries to discuss cutting-edge research and activism that supports the lives of LGBT youth in K-12 schools globally.

New Report Examines How LGBT Youth Fare Online Compared To Their Straight Counterparts

Posted 07.11.2013 | Gay Voices

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth experience nearly three times as much cyber-bullying and harassment online as non-LGBT youth, but ...

USA's Characters Unite Campaign and CB2 Join Forces to Celebrate Pride

Toby Graff | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Toby Graff

We know that signs and parties in stores, and commercials on television, will not end hate and discrimination. We recognize that real and lasting progress takes years, not months. But by supporting GLSEN's work, we can help ensure safe schools and communities for many more students.

Freedom to Work and the New LGBT Advocacy Paradigm

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

National organizations that are structured more like campaigns, or that serve one particular community or cause, along with the legal organizations and the research organizations, have been increasingly effective relative to the multi-issue organizations. The question is why.

And GLSEN's 'GSA Of The Year' Award Goes To...

Posted 04.29.2013 | Gay Voices

A Hawaiian high school is set to receive the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) 2013 "Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) of the Year" awar...

LOOK: New Tool Measures Instances Of 'Fag,' 'Dyke' And Other Anti-Gay Terms On Twitter

Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices

An all-new digital tool aims to measure the instances of commonly used anti-gay language, including "faggot" and "dyke," used on Twitter. The new t...

Why I Try And Fail To Support The Day Of Silence

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 06.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Ken Schneck, PhD

LGBT students are being harassed, targeted and bullied at staggering rates. We must take our outrage at the plight of these youth, muster up our desire for change, place ourselves in front of the educational powers that be, look them in the eye and... be silent?

WATCH: Right-Wing Myths About 'Day Of Silence' For LGBT Youth Debunked

Posted 04.15.2013 | Gay Voices

The Gay, Lesbian And Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has hit back at conservative criticism of their annual "Day of Silence," which was established...

The Real Madness of Sports Culture

Eliza Byard | Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Eliza Byard

How is it possible that behavior that could lead to arrest in public is tolerated within the culture of sports? How is it that violently homophobic language is decried in school communities yet excused in the private world of teams?

Anti-Gay School Board Member Confirmed To Top Education Post

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

The North Carolina General Assembly has confirmed attorney Buddy Collins to the State Board of Education, despite opposition by a gay rights group ove...

Amanda Terkel

Anti-Gay School Board Member Nominated For Plum Education Job In North Carolina | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) nominees for the State Board of Education has a long history of opposing anti-bullying meas...

Survey Reveals Surprising Facts About LGBT Students In New York Schools

Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices

The state of New York may have a comparatively liberal attitude towards its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents. But a new poll su...

Anti-Bullying Group Banned From Cincinnati St. Paddy's Parade

Posted 01.08.2015 | Gay Voices

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has allegedly been banned from an Ohio St. Patrick's Day parade because the parade's organizer...

Tackling Name Calling On The School Field (VIDEO)

Eliza Byard | Posted 03.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Eliza Byard

Megan Rapinoe represents what is possible when LGBT athletes are supported and respected, but it's heartbreaking to think of the potential excellence still being wasted by fear, and the barriers that that fear poses to the health of students who would rather skip school than go to gym.