Changing the Course of History: Best of 2012

Confronting Bullying & Fostering Safe Learning Environments

LGBT young people and the children of LGBT parents should be able to grow up in a world free of harassment and discrimination. Thanks to your support, Welcoming Schools has been introduced to hundreds of schools across the country and has helped focus the national conversation about the importance of creating safe learning environments for all young people.

  • HRC kicked the year off by giving visibility to one of our most important initiatives: creating safe and welcoming schools throughout the country. We partnered with the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers for the national film premiere of a new short film, "What Do You Know? 6-12 Year Olds Talk About Gays and Lesbians." The film features students from Massachusetts and Alabama discussing what they know about gay men and lesbians, what they hear at school, and what they would like teachers to do.
  • Partnering with our allies at the Tennessee Equality Project, HRC beat the drum against the archaic “Don’t Say Gay” bill that made advances through the Tennessee legislature early this year. Petitions poured in from equality supporters around the country, and the bill died with the close of the spring legislative session.
  • HRC participated in the White House Conference on Safe Schools and Communities, highlighting our efforts both in schools and on Capitol Hill to combat bullying and harassment.