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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.

Melanie Willingham-Jaggers, the youth-oriented LGBTQ+ organization’s new executive director, enters her job at a critical time.

March 28 2022 8:00 AM

Melanie Willingham-Jaggers will lead GLSEN through a new chapter in its work to create safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ+ students.

January 27 2022 7:15 PM

The former filmmaker has advocated for the rights of LGBTQ+ students for decades.

January 13 2021 3:32 PM

New findings from GLSEN show that anti-LGBTQ+ harassment and bullying remain distressingly common.

October 20 2020 6:06 PM

The star of The L Word: Generation Q was honored with GLSEN's Champion award for her activism and support of LGBTQ+ youth. 

May 20 2020 8:44 PM

LGBTQ youth will still draw attention to silence and erasure, then break the silence with a livestreamed rally.

April 24 2020 12:09 PM

Daredevil actress Rosario Dawson speaks at the GLSEN gala about the organization, her first Pride, and her friend the activist Chloe Dzubilo.

June 29 2017 6:03 AM