Founded in in Boston, Massachusetts, the organization is now headquartered in New York City and has an office of public policy based in Washington, D. As of , [update] there are 39 GLSEN chapters across 26 states that train 5, students, educators, and school personnel each year. Research shows that in response to bullying and mistreatment, many LGBTQ students avoid school altogether; this can lead to academic failure. GLSEN's Day of Silence is a national day of action that began at the University of Virginia in in which students vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment in schools. No Name-Calling Week was inspired by the popular young adult novel entitled The Misfits by popular author James Howe , and is supported by over 60 national partner organizations.
Pritzer signed the Inclusive Curriculum Law on August 9. Going into effect July 1, , the measure was sponsored by State Rep. Heather Steans D-Lake Forest and was supported by more than statewide and local 40 health, education and civil rights organizations. The law will add to current curricula discussion of LGBT figures and events, like the Society for Human Rights—one of America's first gay rights groups, established in Chicago in —and astronaut Sally Ride, the first woman in space and the first known lesbian astronaut, CNN reports. The curriculum will also include coverage of women and minorities' contribution to American history, including the forceful removal and illegal deportation of Mexican-American U. Illinois is the fifth state to have enacted such a measure, after California in and Colorado, Oregon and New Jersey earlier this year.
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