NEW YORK – The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) will hold its annual Chapter Summit July 13-16 at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, hosted by GLSEN Colorado. Thirty-five of GLSEN’s regional chapters from across the country will be represented.
The chapter leaders will receive trainings in organizing skills, chapter development, public policy outreach and other areas pertinent to GLSEN’s mission of providing safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
“GLSEN’s chapters are made up of an amazing group of educators, parents, students and community activists,” said Kevin Jennings, GLSEN Founder and Executive Director. “Our chapters bring the GLSEN message of safety, respect and tolerance directly to local communities. I am inspired every year by the dedication, commitment and knowledge our chapters bring to the belief that schools should be safe for all students.”
The chapters represented include: Alaska, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Area (Mich.), Boston, Central New Jersey, Cincinnati, Colorado, Connecticut, Detroit NOISE, Downeast Maine, Grand Rapids (Mich.), Hudson Valley (N.Y.), Jacksonville (Fla.), Kansas City (Mo.), Los Angeles, Maryland, Metro St. Louis, New York Capital Region, Northeast Ohio, Northern New Jersey, Northern Virginia, Omaha (Neb.), Orange County (L.A.), Oregon, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Puget Sound (Wash.), Red River Valley (N.D.), Richmond (Va.), Rochester (N.Y.), San Diego County (Calif.), South Florida, Southern Maine, Southwest New Hampshire, Tampa (Fla.) and Tucson (Ariz.).
GLSEN, or the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for ALL students. Established nationally in 1995, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. For more information on GLSEN’s educational resources, public policy and public education work, student organizing programs, research or development initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.