Since 2002, the LGBT Network has been organizing its NCOD Campaign in schools as a way of creating safer spaces. Over its 15-year history, the Campaign has grown – more than 100,000+ students and staff at 100 schools participated in the campaign last year. For 2017, the LGBT Network is broadening its efforts and bringing the NCOD campaign to businesses, places of worship, senior centers, non-profit organizations, government agencies, civic associations, unions, libraries, and other organizations.
The goal of the LGBT Network NCOD Campaign is simple: Engage and empower the greatest number of people to take a stand against discrimination, violence, harassment, and bullying of LGBT people by coming out for safe spaces where they LIVE, LEARN, WORK, PLAY, and PRAY.
“This campaign embodies the ethos and community organizing framework that has set the LGBT Network apart for 24 years,” says LGBT Network founder, President and CEO David Kilmnick. “The LGBT Network is a home and a voice for the LGBT community. We help and support LGBT people, while simultaneously working to address the discrimination, violence, harassment, and bullying that LGBT people face daily. We aim to engage everyone – not just LGBT people, but also their allies, families, and friends – so that we can build awareness throughout the community to create businesses, schools, living centers, athletic programs, places of worship, libraries, and other institutions that are space spaces for LGBT people.