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GLSEN - Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.

Here is the link to their website. 

Clay appeared in a video promoting the new GLSEN ‘Safe Space’ kits for schools, stressing how important it is for children of all orientations to see their schools as safe places for all, free of bullying for any reason.

Safe Space

11/22/2010 - More sites who covered the anti-bullying appearance.

Anti-Bullying Bills

Clay joined other supporters of GLSEN (The Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network) in Washington to speak in support of two bills that were coming before the government:
The Safe Schools Improvement Act
The Student Non-Discrimination Act.

Other speakers at the press event were:
Sirdeaner Walker & Tammy Aaberg, both mothers who lost sons to suicide after bullying incidents
Senator Bob Casey
Senator Al Franken
Representative Jared Polis
Representative Linda Sanchez
Dancer Louis Van Amstel

6/7/2010 - Clay added a new cause to his Fan Club website. GLSEN is the 'Gay. Lesbian, straight Education Network' which focuses on safe schools. fostering respect for all people regardless of orientation or gender identity/expression. The "b-listed" (people building human rights culture) website noted his efforts against homophobic cyber bullying.

10/13/10 - Anti-Bullying campaigns ramped up after a series of teen suicides caused by bullying. The 'Give a Damn' campaign, headed by singer Cindi Lauper and the new 'It Gets Better' campaign sought to provide encourage to youth who were being subjected to bullying. Clay was already involved with 'Give a Damn', having been part of previous videos with the group.

October 20/10 National Spirit Day

In the aftermath of a series of teen suicides due to bullying, the first 'National Spirit Day' was held. Many celebrities showed their support through their Facebook pages, websites and TV/radio appearances. Purple was the color chosen to represent the movement. Clay was noted among the supporters. His recent appearance on the Joy Behar Show to discuss the bullying and other gay issues was also noted on blogs.

GLSEN Respect Awards Interview

Sept 28, 2012

GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) posted an interview with Clay that was filmed when he attended the May 21, 2012 GLSEN Respect Awards.  The interview was conducted by Brian Gerald Murphy.  Clay discussed how he grew up in an environment and went to school where it wasn't welcoming to LGBT students; he said he would have loved an organization like GLSEN in his school.  Check out the video interview here:

GLSEN Respect Awards