has taught history at the Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island (1985-87)
and at Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts (1987-1994), where he had also
served as Chair of the History Department. In 1992 he was named one of fifty "Terrific
Teachers Making a Difference" by the Edward Calesa Foundation.
has become best known for his work in the fight for equality for gay and lesbian
youth. In 1990 he founded the Gay, Lesbian and
Straight Education Network, which brings together gay and straight teachers,
parents, and community members who are working to end anti-gay bias in K-12 schools.
ÊToday, he is the Executive Director of GLSEN (pronounced "glisten"), which is
the largest organization of its kind in the United States, with chapters in over
60 cities. Ê
1992 Kevin was appointed to co-chair the Education Committee of the Governor's
Commission on Gay & Lesbian Youth by Massachusetts Governor William Weld. ÊHe
was the principal author of its report, Making Schools Safe for Gay & Lesbian
Youth, whose recommendations were adopted as policy by the Massachusetts State
Board of Education in May 1993. ÊThe Commission led the fight, which made Massachusetts
the first state in the nation to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual
orientation against public school students in December 1993.
books include Becoming Visible: A Reader in Gay & Lesbian History for High
School and College Students, the first book of its kind designed specifically
for a high school audience, and One Teacher in Ten: Gay and Lesbian Educators
Tell Their Stories, which was a finalist for the 1995 Lambda Literary Award
for best anthology. ÊHis third book, Telling Tales Out of School: Lesbian,
Gay and Bisexual People Remember Their School Years, was published by Alyson
in 1998.ÊKevin was
named one of Out! Magazine's "Top 100 Newsmakers and Earthshakers" for
his work in both 1995 and 1996. In 1997 he was named to Newsweek magazine's
"Century Club" as one of "100 people to watch in the new century." ÊKevin currently
lives in New York with his partner, Jeff Davis, and is at work on an M.B.A. from
New York University while continuing to serve as Executive Director of GLSEN.