GLSEN works to ensure that every member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


Founded in 1990, GLSEN is successfully effecting school systems change by advocating for affirming policies that protect LGBTQ+ and students of marginalized identities, training educators, creating student resources, and elevating the voices of student advocates — all based on 20+ years of original research.

With 43 chapters in 30 states, GLSEN’s national network is more than 1.5 million strong.


Research shows us what students have been saying for years – LGBTQ+ students face more hostile school climates than their peers. Fortunately, our research also shows that when LGBTQ+ students have access to safe and supportive schools, they miss less school, have higher GPAs, experience less bullying and harassment, and feel a greater sense of belonging.”

Melanie Willingham-Jaggers

(She/They), Executive Director of GLSEN

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A&F Co. partnership

Hollister Co. has partnered with GLSEN for six years, collaborating on limited edition Pride collections, offering customer roundups and providing mission support. In 2022, Hollister Co. was also the presenting sponsor of GLSEN’s Respect Awards.


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