The Civil Rights Division and DOJ Pride (the Department’s organization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) employees and their allies) are co-sponsoring a brownbag lunch with Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education. Originally scheduled for Wednesday, December 8, 2010, the event has been moved to January 26, 2011 at noon. The mission of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools is to create safe schools, respond to crises, prevent drug abuse and violence, ensure the health and well being of students, and promote development of good character and citizenship. Come learn what the Department of Education, working closely with the Department of Justice and other Federal agencies, is doing to ensure that all students, including LGBT students, are safe at school. All employees are encouraged to come.
Kevin Jennings is the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education. The mission of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools is to create safe schools, respond to crises, prevent drug abuse and violence, ensure the health and well being of students, and promote development of good character and citizenship. In 1990, Jennings founded the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a local volunteer group in the Boston area bringing together lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and straight teachers, parents, students, and community members who wanted to end anti-LGBT bias in the state’s K-12 schools. In 1992, he was appointed by Gov. William Weld (Mass.) to co-chair the Education Committee of the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth. He was the principal author of its report, Making Schools Safer for Gay and Lesbian Youth: Breaking the Silence in Schools and in Families, whose recommendations were adopted as policy by the Massachusetts State Board of Education. He has authored six books, of which Telling Tales Out of School: Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals Revisit Their School Days won a Lambda Literary Award, and his latest, Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son, was named a Book of Honor by the American Library Association in 2006. He also helped write and produce the documentary Out of the Past, which won the 1998 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary.