Last updated on: 7/30/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“A joint publication by GLSEN and the ACLU.”

“Common Questions and Answers About Gay-Straight Alliances,” Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network website (accessed July 29, 2010)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Other
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.”

“About Us,” Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network website (accessed July 29, 2010)

Mission:

“The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

We believe that such an atmosphere engenders a positive sense of self, which is the basis of educational achievement and personal growth. Since homophobia and heterosexism undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike. We recognize that forces such as racism and sexism have similarly adverse impacts on communities and we support schools in seeking to redress all such inequities.

GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community. We welcome as members any and all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or occupation, who are committed to seeing this philosophy realized in K-12 schools.”

“About Us,” Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network website (accessed July 29, 2010)

Other:
501(c)(3) nonprofit
Quoted in:
  1. Should Public Schools Allow Gay-Straight Alliances?