FreeState Legal Project is incredibly proud to honor the Baltimore Chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) for their incredible work in building safe schools for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. One of 40 chapters nationwide, GLSEN’s mission is to eradicate anti-LGBTQ bias-based language and actions within our schools by providing training for teachers on creating safe and inclusive environments for LGBTQ students, developing strong youth leadership at student clubs and events, and engaging our community in this work.
The work that the Baltimore chapter does covers a variety of subjects and issues, from educating, organizing, and supporting school communities; hosting safe space conferences and events for LGBTQ and ally students and educators; providing assistance in the creation of Gender Sexuality Alliances in schools for student activism; and participating in public policy and advocacy efforts around the many needs of LGBTQ youth. Some events for youth include the Annual Youth Summit at Towson University, which attracts 50-100 LGBTQ youth from across the state to participate in a day of dress workshops, dinner, and a prom dance, and the Crossroads Conference, focused on the intersections of identity, unpacking systems of oppression, and creating community for LGBTQ youth of color, and the Day of Silence March around the Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon, to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBTQ harassment in schools. – See more at: http://glsen.org/chapters/baltimore/ourchapter#sthash.1xaMySaf.dpuf
For more information about GLSEN Baltimore’s incredible work, click here.