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We are so proud to announce that our Featured Cause for October is GLSEN! We will be contributing 100% of the proceeds from our anti-bullying Stick up for Love! postcards and stickers, as well as over 10% of all jewelry and gift sales during October to this very special organization that does so much to protect and support our kids with truly unique initiatives and programs that combat bullying and damaging behavior. Please take a moment to read on and learn about our Featured Cause.

GLSEN
The Gay, Lesbian & 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.

GLSEN works with educators, policy makers, community leaders and students on the urgent need to address anti-LGBT behavior and bias in schools and they strive to protect students from bullying and harassment, to advance comprehensive safe schools laws and policies, to empower principals to make their schools safer, and to build the skills of educators to teach respect for all people. They believe that a quality K-12 education is a fundamental right of every American. To that end, GLSEN works with elected officials and other policy makers at the local, state and federal level to ensure that the best and most inclusive safe schools policies are considered, passed and implemented.

Safe Space Kits
The Safe Space Kit provides a program for action that school staff can take to create a positive learning environment for every child. Each kit contains:

--10 Safe Space Stickers
-- 2 Posters
-- 42-page Guide to Being an Ally to LGBT Students that gives concrete strategies for supporting LGBT students, including how to educate about anti-LGBT bias and teaching respect for all people.

The Kit also shows how to assess the school's climate, policies and practices and outlines ways to advocate for change inside the school. It starts with a sticker. Placing a Safe Space sticker on an office door or window is a simple, but highly visible first step that shows an adult's unwavering support for a student's safety. There is also a poster that can be displayed throughout the school or on an office door to show support to LGBT students and let students know where their allies are in case a bully strikes.

GLSEN strives to ensure that every school in America is safe for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. We want a Safe Space Kit to be used in every middle and high school across America to provide all students a safe place to learn.

GSAs
Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) are student clubs that work to improve school climate for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. military bases, GSAs have become one of the fastest-growing student clubs in the country.

The Facts About GSAs:

Like the name, GSAs are made up of straight as well as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students.

GSAs are like any other club: they have advisors, hold regular meetings, host events and are open to anyone on campus committed to their mission.

The first GSA was formed in 1988 when a straight student wanted to do something to educate fellow students about anti-LGBT bullying and harassment. She went to her history teacher, GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings, and proposed a club: “You’re gay and I’m straight, so let’s call it a Gay-Straight Alliance.”

GLSEN offers GSAs a place to register so club members and advisors can receive resources and network. They define GSAs as any club that works to make their school safer while specifically addresses anti-LGBT behavior. The majority of clubs registered with GLSEN refer to themselves as Gay-Straight Alliances, though some go by other names.

Students are legally allowed to form GSAs in schools under the 1984 Federal Equal Access Act, which was initially created to protect students’ rights to form religious clubs. Judicial precedent has established that under the Equal Access Act, if a school allows one non-curricular club, it must allow all others, including GSAs. They improve school climate for LGBT students and when a GSA is present, LGBT students hear homophobic remarks less often, experience less harassment and assault, feel safer at school, skip school less often and have a greater sense of belonging.

One Meaning is honored to be able to lend support to such an important compassionate cause. We look forward to having a long relationship with GLSEN and we give them our full support. Please visit their website to learn more about what they're doing and how you can join them in their efforts to bring the world together and make it a better place for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight youth. We owe it our kids.

For more information on how you can help, visit them at www.GLSEN.org or click HERE

Thank you spreading the love with your support of this truly impressive organization. By caring and lending a hand out to help one another, love really can change the world! Don't forget that we are all connected and it is not cool to be cruel.

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Karen and Ingrid

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