For more than two decades, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network has been the driving force behind systemic change in K-12 schools that have made it safer to be an LGBT student, sponsoring gay-straight alliances and empowering students and faculty to come out as allies and create safe spaces for LGBT youth. Since 2001, Eliza Byard has been a driving force behind GLSEN, and she has served as its executive director since 2008. Under her leadership, GLSEN has earned the trust of every major educational and youth service in the country, and schools nationwide have adopted its original intervention strategies, including its Safe Space Campaign, No Name-Calling Week, and Day of Silence.

The anti-LGBT group Focus on the Family organized the event in response to GLSEN's 'sexual activism in classrooms.'

April 17 2015 2:38 PM

Rainbow duct tape and vows of silence covered Twitter today in honor of GLSEN's annual Day of Silence.

April 11 2014 2:39 PM

GLSEN says it has distributed 100,000 Safe Schools Kits to aid educators in guiding LGBT youth through academic and social challenges.

December 17 2013 12:11 AM

A lack of transparency among private schools receiving state funding allows anti-LGBT policies to proliferate, an author suggests.

December 13 2013 11:34 AM

The president of Redbox announced that all 44,000 of its kiosks will stock gay-themed documentary Bridegroom.

December 09 2013 2:53 PM

GLSEN reports that support for the Safe Schools Improvement Act increased in 2013, including endorsements from two key Republican senators.

November 26 2013 11:29 AM

An open letter to the idiot who couldn't handle Spirit Day.

October 23 2013 9:50 AM

The student advocacy group announced today it will be giving its Chairman's Award to Lionsgate Films, which is currently promoting the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game.

September 05 2013 7:51 PM Updated

From fighting for marriage equality to furthering the education of youth, these are only a few of the people who are furthering social and legal justice for the LGBT community through outstanding leadership of nonprofit organizations.

August 13 2013 5:00 AM