Across the country, GLSEN chapters have been and continue to participate in Pride events to raise awareness about their work to make school climate better for all within their local communities. They’re bringing together local students, educators, parents and other community members to table, march and be proud.
Join us in being #GLSENPROUD now! Dates and contact information are below.
6 April – GLSEN Phoenix – Phoenix Pride – email@example.com
4 May – GLSEN Massachusetts – Northhampton Pride – firstname.lastname@example.org
1 June - GLSEN Hawai’i – Honolulu Pride – email@example.com
1 June – GLSEN New York Capital Region – Black and Latino Pride, Albany –firstname.lastname@example.org
2 June – GLSEN Central New Jersey -New Jersey Pride, Asbury Park –email@example.com
2 June – GLSEN Hudson Valley – New Paltz – firstname.lastname@example.org
8 June – GLSEN Kansas City – St. Joseph Pride, MO – email@example.com
8 June – GLSEN Northern Virginia – Capital Pride, DC – firstname.lastname@example.org
9 June – GLSEN New York Capital Region – Capital Pride, Albany – email@example.com
15 June – GLSEN Baltimore – Baltimore Pride – firstname.lastname@example.org
15 June – GLSEN Middle Tennessee – Nashville Pride – email@example.com
15 June – GLSEN New York Capital Region – Hudson Pride, Albany – firstname.lastname@example.org
15 June – GLSEN Southern Maine – Portland Pride – email@example.com
15-16 June – GLSEN West Michigan – West Michigan Pride, Grand Rapids –firstname.lastname@example.org
16 June – GLSEN Baltimore – Baltimore Pride – email@example.com
16 June – GLSEN Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Pride – firstname.lastname@example.org
20-22 June – GLSEN Omaha – Omaha Pride – email@example.com
22 June - GLSEN East Tennessee – Knoxville Pride – firstname.lastname@example.org
22 June – GLSEN New York Capital Region – Schenectady Pride – email@example.com
29 June – GLSEN Cincinnati – Cincinnati Pride – firstname.lastname@example.org
29 June – GLSEN Downeast Maine – Northern Maine Pride, Bangor –email@example.com
29 June – GLSEN Houston – Houston Pride – firstname.lastname@example.org
29 June – GLSEN Massachusetts – North Shore Pride – email@example.com
29 June – GLSEN Tampa – St. Pete Pride, St. Petersburg – firstname.lastname@example.org
30 June – GLSEN Central New Jersey, GLSEN Connecticut, GLSEN Hudson Valley, GLSEN New York City, GLSEN staff – NYC Pride – email@example.com
30 June – GLSEN Washington State – Seattle Pride – firstname.lastname@example.org
13 July – GLSEN San Diego – San Diego Pride – email@example.com
6 September – GLSEN Southern Nevada – Las Vegas Pride – firstname.lastname@example.org
5 October – GLSEN Orlando – Orlando Pride – email@example.com
Don’t see your city represented? Check for a chapter in your area at www.glsen.org/chapters.
First visit to GLSEN National (May 2012)
Well hello everyone, my name is Christoph Sawyer. Chances are you haven’t heard of me before; That’s because I just started working here at GLSEN as a Summer Communications Intern. While I may be new to the office, this is not the first time I have been involved with GLSEN; it’s probably best to start from the beginning…
It was on September 12th 1993 that Christoph was born…errrm…sorry, I think that’s too early. I attended high school at John Jay HS in Westchester County, New York. It was while I was in high school that I became a LGBT youth leader. What really motivated me to pursue being a leader was my experience during GLSEN’s 2011 Safe Schools Advocacy Summit, where I was selected to lobby for GLSEN to gain support from Senators and Representatives for two of their acts. I was very excited to lobby on Capital Hill but, little did I know how this trip would forever transform my life.
A photo taken while interviewing Andy Marra at GLSEN National
When I came out in high school I faced no bullying or harassment, but faced oppression due to the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policy. During most of my trip in DC I was incredibly anxious about what I would use as my platform about why schools need to be more inclusive and safer, because I had lived such a safe life. It was one night during dinner that I heard two stories that would forever resinate with me and sparked the fire that is why I advocate for LGBT youth. The first story was told by a sister whose brother faced significant bullying simply because he was perceived to be gay. Her brother was 11 years old! I could not believe what I had heard. The next story was told by a mother whose son also faced significant anti-gay bullying, a son who was helping and advocating for other gay youth. To hear these stories about young men who were so harassed and bullied, and to see the look on the face of their loved ones and how upset they were was life altering. It is here where my journey with GLSEN began and where my advocating started.
After such an inspiring trip with GLSEN I decided to become much more involved with my Gay-Straight Alliance and my local GLSEN chapter. As a GLSEN Jump-Start member I presented several times to different schools in my area about how to stop bullying, stand up for others, to accept others, and eventually I went on to organize my own events. It was during my senior year, as part of my fim class that I made a 10 minute documentary about different LGBT individuals’ experience in high school, and what they thought needs to be done to further acceptance in society. I visited the GLSEN national headquarters in New York City to interview different members in the GLSEN office like Andy Marra, Jenny Betz, and Ricardo Martinez. My film was unbelievably well received. I have now shown the film numerous times and to many audiences. These audiences include the Jacob Burns Film Center, John Jay HS’s 2nd Film Festival, GLSEN Hudson Valley members, PepsiCo’s EQUAL group, and my own college, Clark University.
A photo taken during a screening at the Jacob Burns Film Center
This brings us to the present. Like I said, I am now interning in the Communications Department at GLSEN National in New York, and am incredibly happy doing so. I am a sophomore at Clark University studying Computer Science with a minor in Innovation/Entrepreneurship. My film and everything that has come out of it have been my second greatest achievement (my first being achieving the rank of Eagle Scout).
Below is my film. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it!
seeing families embrace and support their children for who they are
My fellow teachers (& my beautiful family) showed our strong commitment to all of our students at the Pride Parade in Asbury Park. Oh-so-wonderful what a strong presence the New Jersey Education Association had at the event… Walking together, talking together, working together, & ultimately growing together- isn’t that what it’s all about?