New York City – The Globe Newswire reports that on the NBC Today Show on June 29th, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) and Panic at the Disco, a rock band fronted by Brendon Urie, announced a new alliance in support of the creation of student-led GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) clubs in every high school across America, to support LGBTQ youth and advocate for inclusive schools. To help realize this goal, Urie has pledged a $1 million-dollar gift to GLSEN to provide resources, training, and support to students working to create student-led GSA clubs in their K-12 schools, through his Highest Hopes Foundation.
Brendon Urie founded the Highest Hopes Foundation last week to support the efforts of non-profit human-rights organizations. GLSEN is the foundation’s first beneficiary, with more to follow. GLSEN Research shows how LGBTQ youth attending schools with a GSA are less likely to hear anti-LGBTQ remarks, less likely to feel unsafe, less likely to be victimized, and are more likely to report staff intervention when bullying or harassment occurs. About half of LGBTQ youth report having a GSA in their school.
“For years my fans have inspired me with their determination and creativity as they have created a safe and inclusive community,” said Urie. “I felt the time had come for me to join them boldly, to bring that energy and power to bear on the huge challenges facing our whole society. Some of the most inspiring leaders out there right now have come from GSAs. Working firsthand with GLSEN, student leaders everywhere, and all my fans, I want to make sure that every one of our future leaders out there has the support they need to form their own GSA and begin their work to make a better world.” GLSEN currently supports more than 6,500 registered GSAs. For more info visit Glsen.org/panic and Highesthopes.org. (Globe Newswire)