Jamey Jesperson grew up in a church community that didn’t accept their non-binary identity. As such, they have a personal stake in making sure that LGBTQ youth are supported and affirmed from a young age.
Jamey is the Education Associate at GLSEN–the leading education organization supporting LGBTQ students in K-12–where they work to provide LGBTQ young people with the resources they need to thrive, and help educators learn to be good allies. Because discrimination at school is a key issue facing LGBTQ sutdents, especially students who are transgender or non-binary, Jamey advocates for the creation of school policies that proactively affirm and include LGBTQ students.
“Inclusive policies very tangibly enable students’ voices to be heard. When these policies are in play, young people see that they’re being taken care of and listened to in a proactive way, not just in a reactive manner after instances of discrimination have occurred. These policies reinforce for LGBTQ students that they are valued in their communities, and ultimately provide comfort and a sense of understanding.”