The OEA-GLBT Caucus was formed in July 2010 in Columbus OH in an attempt to provide Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender educators in Ohio a means of affecting change.  Change for our colleagues, change for our students, and change for Ohio.  The OEA-GLBT Caucus meets during the lunch break at the OEA Representative Assemblies.

The caucus advocates for continuing to improve the working conditions for GLBT educators across Ohio, as well as advocate for GLBT youth in public education.  The caucus welcomes membership from gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and allied members of OEA.  If you support gay rights and a supportive environment for all, then we invite you to join our growing roster of members!

General Information:

  • Memberships are $10.00, and all OEA members are eligible for memberships!
  • You do not have to be G, L, B, or T to be a member, just be sympathetic and supportive to the issues we face every day!
  • To join online with a credit card on PayPal or to download a membership form, see our Membership page.

Mission: To make schools a safe place for everyone!  See our Goals and Objectives page and goals.

Email: OEA.GLBT.Caucus@zoho.com

Facebook page: OEA GLBT Caucus

GLBT Issues Training Program

The Ohio Education Association GLBT Caucus Presents OEA’s First GLBT Issues Training Program.

October 15, 2016, 10:00 – 3:00 OEA Headquarters, 225 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio

Open to all OEA members, this program will focus on creating safe supportive schools for both GLBTQ youth and OEA members. The training will focus on student activists making a difference in their own schools, educators providing a safe school environment to develop a nondiscriminatory atmosphere, legislators (federal, state and local) who have worked for nondiscrimination legislation. A toolkit will be provided for all attendees.
Agenda (with flexibility) will include:

  • 10:00 – 11:00 Keynote speaker Karen Izzi Gallagher, retired school counselor, teacher and Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Network Activist.
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Roddy Flynn, Executive Director, Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and Managing Director for Equality PAC
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Model bargaining and school board language and strategies for creating safe schools for all students.
  • 1:30 – 2:30 A Student Panel Discussion
  • 2:30 – 3:00 Wrap Up Session

The OEA strongly believes that each and every public school student should experience inclusive learning experiences regardless of race, ethnicity, ancestry national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, familial status, creed or religion, age or disability. The OEA expects schools to be places where employees feel safe and comfortable being themselves and expressing their ideas.

Registration will open July 8, 2016 via the OEA website at http://www.regonline.com/oeaglbt2016 and will remain open until capacity has been reached. There is no fee for this training session and lunch will be provided.
Questions?  Please contact Linda Hofacker via email at hofacker@ohea.org or via phone at 1800-766-1165 or 1-937-335-4544.

Download the flyer: Agenda GLBT Training Session 2016

OEA-GLBT Caucus 2016 Elections

OEA GLBT Caucus Members,

A General Caucus Meeting and Elections will be held following the break for lunch at the OEA RA on Friday, May 13th. There are many vacancies that need to be filled on the Executive Committee. We encourage you to consider taking a more active role in the Caucus by nominating yourself or someone you know to fill one of the vacancies. It is extremely important that we fill these vacancies in order to ensure the future of the Caucus and the important work we do.

Current vacancies to be filled:

  • Chairperson (Term: September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2018)
  • Vice Chairperson (Term: September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2018)

Please email any questions to one of the Executive Officers, use our Contact Us page, or stop by the OEA GLBT Caucus table at the OEA RA.

OEA GLBT Executive Officers

  • James Cutlip (Chairperson)
  • Emilly Osterlinge (Vice Chairperson)
  • Ed Eblin (Treasurer)
  • September Kuebler (Secretary)

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Grants

The OEA-GLBT Caucus is proud to announce our new OEA-GLBT Caucus Maggie Kesling Grant Program.

A Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is a student-run club, typically in a high school or middle school, which provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and work to end homophobia and transphobia.

There are three typical functions of a GSA club: Support, Social, and Activist.

This grant program is designed to support any and all of the functions of a GSA either through helping to aid in the establishment of a GSA where one does not currently exist, or by providing a means to accomplishing a project geared towards any of the functions of a GSA.

There will be a maximum of four grants of up to $250.00 each awarded each year of the program, two (2) for currently established GSA’s wishing to fund a specific project, and two (2) for a group wishing to establish a new GSA.

See our Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Grants page for Grant applications and more information.

Renew Your Membership!

The new membership year began September 1, 2015.  If you did not renew your Caucus membership at the Washington DC NEA RA, the OEA Leadership Academy, or the OEA-Retired Fall Conference, please complete the attached membership form and send it to Ed Eblin.  Ed’s address is printed on the form.

Membership Form 2015 – 2016

Join online with a Credit Card or your PayPal account.  Visit our Membership page.

Will you assist the Caucus in reaching more OEA members?  The Caucus is continually looking for ways to reach OEA members who may be interested in the work of the Caucus but are not involved in Association leadership.  You can make a major difference in this effort if you forward a link to this site to OEA members you believe might be interested in hearing about the work of the Caucus.