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Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)  
 
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New Leadership

In November 2008, Kevin Jennings stepped down as Executive Director of GLSEN. His successor is Eliza Byard, a documentary film and television producer. The two first worked together in 1995 on the documentary Out of the Past, which Byard cowrote, coproduced, and coedited.

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Among Byard's first projects was to help produce an Ad Council campaign, "ThinkB4YouSpeak," designed to discourage the disparaging phrase, "That's so gay."

Andrew Matzner

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social sciences >> Overview:  Student Organizations

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social sciences >> Overview:  Teachers

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    Bibliography
   

Harbeck, Karen, ed. Coming Out of the Classroom Closet: Gay and Lesbian Students, Teachers, and Curricula. Binghamton, N. Y.: Harrington Park Press, 1992.

Jennings, Kevin, ed. Becoming Visible: A Reader in Gay & Lesbian History for High School & College Students. Los Angeles: Alyson Publications, 1994.

_____, ed. One Teacher in 10: Gay and Lesbian Educators Tell Their Stories. Los Angeles: Alyson Publications, 1994.

Stockwell, Anne. "GLSEN Gets a New Boss." Advocate.com (October 15, 2008): http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2008/10/15/GLSEN_Gets_a_New_Boss/

 

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    Author: Matzner, Andrew  
    Entry Title: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2004  
    Date Last Updated September 29, 2009  
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