A Letter from GLSEN Baltimore
GLSEN Baltimore is a chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). We center our attention on the Baltimore Metro area.
Nationally, GLSEN works to ensure safe schools for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. There are almost 40 Chapters around the country, which work closely with the national staff of GLSEN to implement programs, and to keep national staff informed of local events.
The work that our chapter does covers a variety of subjects and issues, from public policy to school staff training at every level to supporting students and educators around the state. We're currently involved with a number of community coalitions and partnerships in Baltimore City, focused specifically on public health and increased advocacy for LGBTQ youth in the education, foster care, and juvenile justice systems. We host a number of events for youth, including our Annual Youth Summit at Towson University, which attracts over 100 LGBTQ youth from across the state to participate in a day of workshops, dinner, and a dance, and our new Crossroads Conference, focused on the intersections of identity, unpacking systems of oppression, and creating community for LGBTQ youth of color.
Chapters like ours play an important role in bringing GLSEN's programs and visions to local communities. While some chapters have full-time or part-time staff, most are entirely volunteer-based. We're always looking for new volunteers to help us ensure safe schools for all students.
Please explore our website to find out more about our work here in Baltimore and to learn about how you can get involved in local and national events. To stay most updated on current GLSEN Baltimore news and events, follow us on Facebook or join our Facebook group. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions that are not answered on this site. Thank you for you interest and we're looking forward to hearing from you.
The GLSEN Baltimore Team
-Mary Beth Dyer