The new Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is Kevin Brockman, also the Executive Vice President of Global Communications for the Disney/ABC Television Group. Seven more members were also elected to posts.
“The work GLSEN is doing to ensure that schools across our nation are safe for all children is nothing short of inspiring,” Brockman told ABC News. “I’ve had the great pleasure to hear directly from many of the incredible students that they’ve helped over the years, and when you are faced with that kind of courage, and that kind of compassion, it’s easy to agree to become a bigger part of the process. I’m looking forward to the challenges, and the opportunities, that lie ahead with this new responsibility.”
When asked for comment, GLSEN responded with a quote from Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard. “Kevin has been a passionate supporter of GLSEN for almost two decades, and an outspoken member of our Board for the past six years. His leadership, enthusiasm and drive make him not only perfectly suited for this responsibility, but also the best possible partner as we further the efficacy and reach of our important efforts.”
Brockman has been a member of GLSEN for nearly two decades, and on the board for six years; his day job as executive vice president of the Disney/ABC Television Group is a position he’s held since 2008, and he has been part of the Walt Disney Company since 1997.
Established in 1990, GLSEN “strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.”
To achieve this goal, GLSEN works to change attitudes as well as policies, by promoting everything from Safe Spaces in schools and the establishments of Gay-Straight Alliances, to providing training for school administrators to better teach respect for all, to pushing for legislation that effectively protects all students against harassment and hate crimes.