Founded as a national organization in 1994, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, and to develop K-12 school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community. Among the organization's signature initiatives: No Name Calling Week; the Day of Silence; Think B4 You Speak campaign in partnership with the Ad Council; and support for student advocates nationwide.