GLSEN is a national non-profit organization, working to create safe and inclusive K-12 learning environments for LGBTQ+ youth across the country.
Championing LGBTQ+ issues in K-12 education since 1990, we believe that every student has the right to safe, supportive, and affirming learning environments. We are a national network of advocates, educators, students, and local GLSEN Chapters across the U.S. working to make this right a reality.
Based on our extensive research, we know that:
- Nearly 82% of LGBTQ+ students have reported feeling unsafe in school because of at least one of their actual or perceived personal characteristics;
- 76.1% of LGBTQ+ students experienced in-person verbal harassment (e.g., called names or threatened) specifically based on sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender at some point in the past year;
- LGBTQ+ students who experience victimization and discrimination at school have worse educational outcomes and poorer psychological well-being.
However, there is hope. We know that students who feel safe and supported at school have better educational outcomes. In fact, LGBTQ+ students who have LGBTQ+-related school resources report better school experiences and academic success!Today, after more than 30 years of leading the movement, GLSEN’s national network is over 2 million strong, with students, families, educators, and education advocates working to create safe schools.
Every day GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Together, we can transform our nation’s K-12 schools into the safe and affirming spaces that all youth deserve.