A teacher and professor by training and profession, Dr. Hall considers receiving the GLSEN Runner-Up award to be among the most touching and rewarding experiences of his professional career. GLSEN honored Dr. Hall with this award not only for his visionary leadership as a teacher and GSA adviser but also for his passionate and creative work in reducing bullying behavior in his school and others. By working tirelessly for safer spaces in schools, Dr. Hall is working to impact school culture so that students will not face discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or for other reasons. Dr. Hall has also won the Outstanding Alumnus award from Widener University, Teacher as Hero Award from the National Liberty Museum, and many other teaching and humanitarian awards.
When Dr. Hall’s first GSA students were about to graduate from college, some contacted him about whether they would have to go back into the closet when they graduated. He then realized the importance of also working on a work environment that is lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusive. As a result, he started working with global Fortune 500 companies — such as JP MorganChase, Merck, the Hershey Company and many others — on creating a workplace that is inclusive of everyone regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. As a nationally recognized speaker, Dr. Hall creates programs that are individually designed to meet a company’s needs. These programs include affective, cognitive and behavioral development, three domains that are necessary to address if changing corporate culture.
A world traveler, Dr. Hall has spent time in close to 40 countries and territories around the world. He and his partner, Annie Hall, have three children and reside in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.