White House Honors GLSEN

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Last week, the White House took the novel step of recognizing the work of the Trevor Project. This week, the White House is honoring another organization that works tirelessly to protect gay and lesbian youth around the country—GLSEN. The organization, which is most widely known for beginning the first gay-straight alliances in schools, is being touted as a “Champion of Change” for their work to fight bullying, violence, and stigma for two decades.

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The “Champions of Change Series: Winning the Future Across America” is a White House initiative that honors Americans and organizations making an impact in issues of critical importance to our country and helping the nation rise to meet the many challenges of the 21st Century.

GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard and Public Policy Manager Alison Gill, along with eight other award recipient representatives, met on Thursday with representatives from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration at the White House to discuss their initiatives and to share best practices from their work.

“This White House honor recognizes the amazing work that the staff, volunteers and student leaders of GLSEN have done for more than two decades to alert the nation to the ways that anti-LGBT bias in our schools is a serious barrier to both educational excellence and individual well-being,” Byard said. “I and my colleagues are dedicated to identifying and implementing solutions to the problem that work for schools and for students, instilling hope and staving off despair. It is so gratifying to gain this kind of recognition for our efforts to create better, safer schools for all.”

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