“Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network”

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is the nation’s leading organization devoted to addressing LGBTQ issues in America’s K-12 schools. Established in 1990, GLSEN has over 25 years of experience providing outreach and training to school staff, students and administrators, conducting and disseminating research, and leading the national conversation about creating safe and supportive school environments for all students. Through its research, GLSEN has identified specific interventions for schools to improve school climate and cut down on anti-LGBTQ bias-based remarks and language. GLSEN has roughly 40 chapters across the country. Learn more at their website www.glsen.org/chapters/baltimore.

Jabari Lyles, Director of GLSEN Baltimore, has been working in education, community organizing and social justice activism for years. He is the former Executive Director and current President of GLCCB, Baltimore’s LGBTQ community center, has worked with FreeState Justice, and has been a public school teacher and speaker in Baltimore City. Jabari has presented on LGBTQ issues at conferences locally, statewide and nationally.

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