A Letter from GLSEN Baltimore
GLSEN Baltimore is a Chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). We focus our attention on the Baltimore Metro area, but through a partnership with the Free State Legal Project, have expanded our reach statewide.
Nationally, GLSEN works to ensure safe, respectful, and healthful learning environments for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. There are 40 Chapters around the country, which work closely with the national staff of GLSEN to implement programs.
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. Through the tireless work of our beloved safe schools advocate Kay Halle, we launched the Safe Space for All Baltimore program in 2011, a city-wide project to promote the safety and success of LGBTQ youth in public schools through educator training, student support, coalition building, and establishing Gay Straight Alliances (or Gender Sexuality Alliances) to provide space for student activism against bias and harassment of all forms. We're currently involved with a number of community coalitions and partnerships in Baltimore City, and are a leadership board member of the Youth Equality Alliance, which produced the Living In The Margins report on the experiences of Maryland 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 50-100 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 and join our Facebook group. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions that are not answered on this site. Thanks so much for your interest and we hope to connect!!
The GLSEN Baltimore Team
-Jabari Lyles, Co-Chair, Education Manager
-Michael Franklin, Co-Chair, Partnerships and Operations Manager
-Johanna Miller, Co-Chair, Communications and Events Manager
-Pam Miller, Volunteer Manager