Genders and Sexualities Equality Assembly

An assembly of the

National Council of Teachers of English

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The Genders and Sexualities Equality Assembly (GSEA) - formerly named the Gay and Straight Educators Alliance - is an assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

GSEA's purpose is to provide a forum for ongoing and sustained discussion among all individuals who share a professional commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) students, teachers, issues, and academic materials as they pertain to the teaching of English at all levels of instruction. The GSEA is committed to including LGBTQ+ issues and texts in literacy studies and English language arts classrooms; fostering research and scholarship; addressing heterosexism, cisgenderism, homo/biphobia, and transphobia in academic and school settings; supporting LGBTQ+ students and teachers; and broadening cultural diversity through more inclusive understandings of difference.

The Assembly provides information to its members, works with NCTE's LGBTQ Advisory Committee to make NCTE a more inclusive organization, sponsors sessions at the NCTE Annual Convention, and provides an annual mini-grant to a local educator or organization in the state of that year's NCTE Convention.

Resources and Opportunities


Launched in 2020, the GSEA offers an annual mini-grant program to showcase and fund an educator or organization advocating for LGBTQ+ youth and located in the state of that year's NCTE Annual Convention. Recipients are selected by GSEA leadership following a nomination process by GSEA members. Mini-grant recipients are invited to be the keynote speaker for the GSEA roundtable session during the NCTE Annual Convention in November.

Past Mini-Grant Recipients:

2022: Jason Torres-Rangel, Teacher (California)

2021: Louisville Youth Group (Kentucky)

2020: A Queer Endeavor (Colorado)

The nomination window for NCTE 2023 is now open! We seek nominations of people/groups in Ohio! The nomination deadline is September 15!


2023 GSEA Board

Stephanie Anne Shelton, Chair

University of Alabama

Summer Pennell, Past Chair

University of Vermont

Rae Oviatt, Vice Chair

Eastern Michigan University

Ryan Schey, Secretary/Parliamentarian

University of Georgia

Adam Crawley, Treasurer

University of Colorado-Boulder

Ileana Jiménez, Liaison

LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee Chair

Teachers College - Columbia


GSEA membership is $10 for one year or $25 for three years and can be paid online.

To become a member or renew your membership, complete this online form.

GSEA membership supports the assembly's annual mini-grant, NCTE dues, and future programming. The GSEA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.


Announcements for GSEA events, calls for roundtable sessions, and mini-grant nominations are shared via our social media and email listserv.


GSEA welcomes donations! Donations add to the assembly's general fund beyond membership dues and contribute to current and future offerings of the assembly (e.g., mini-grant, scholarships, resources, etc.).

The GSEA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.