Looking for ways to combat GLBT-bullying on your campus? Want to provide support for a Gay-Straight Alliance at your school? Even if your school or school district doesn’t have the resources, materials are readily available online from several reliable organizations — and many of them are free or economically priced. Below are organizations that can provide the resources to make your school safer for all students.
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network is a national education organization working to ensure safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. GLSEN sponsors several national events including No Name Calling Week, Day of Silence and ThinkB4YouSpeak, a website to fight anti-GLBT language. GLSEN offers workshops, tools, and materials to help educators develop GLBT-related trainings or education initiatives in their schools or local communities. GLSEN also sponsors Gay-Straight Alliances in addition to chapters for educators around the country.
GLSEN National Headquarters
90 Broad Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10004
Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership organization that works to empower youth activists to end harassment and discrimination in schools based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Founded in 1998, Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network) is the only student-led organization that networks Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in California.
National & Statewide Headquarters:
1550 Bryant St., Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-552-4229 Fax: 415-552-4729
A program of the Human Rights Campaign in partnership with the National Education Association, Welcoming Schools is a GLBT-inclusive approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying and name-calling in K-5 learning environments. Welcoming Schools provides administrators, educators and parents/guardians with the resources necessary to create learning environments in which all learners are welcomed and respected.
Safe Schools Coalition
Started in Seattle, Wash., the Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
Safe Schools Coalition c/o Rosehedge
115 - 16th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122 206-451-7233
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including a nationwide 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment. The Trevor Project suicide hotline number is 866-4U-TREVOR, or 866-488-7386.
Suicide Prevention Hotline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, round-the-clock help at 1-800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) for anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Calls are routed to the nearest crisis center to you.
Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. Founded in 1980, the Human Rights Campaign advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, works to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about GLBT issues. Its website provides news, resources and information on state and national efforts.
ACLU of Northern California
The ACLU of Northern California and the national ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project fight discrimination in Northern California and across the nation through precedent-setting litigation, public-policy advocacy, and public education. In the past few years, the ACLU of Northern California reached a settlement with the Vallejo School District, designed to combat anti-gay harassment and discrimination at all the district’s schools.