Thursday, 03 February 2011 01:47

GLSEN And Pepsi's Contest

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A contest was organized by Pepsi, Pepsi Refresh Contest and GLSEN obtained the second place and received $250,000.

According to an associated press, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network will use the money to fund the group's Safe Space campaign and fight antigay bullying in schools.

"When I got the news this morning, I wasn’t sure if I was still dreaming," GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard said in a statement. "It appears that GLSEN has finished in second place in the Pepsi Refresh voting, winning $250,000 in support of our Safe Space Campaign. The official announcement of the results won’t take place until Feb. 23, but it looks as if we’ve done it."

Byard says the funding will help promote adult support for LGBT students in 10,000 schools across the country.

"This funding is going to a truly critical effort to make schools more welcoming places for LGBT students and any student dealing with anti-LGBT bias."