Organize Your Ally Week
GLSEN and students across the country, often as members of Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) or similar student clubs, will celebrate Ally Week on October 13-17, 2014 in schools and communities nationwide.
Ally Week is a week for students to engage in a national conversation and action to become better allies to LGBT youth. This doesn't only mean straight and cisgender allies, but everyone! Read further to find out more about how anyone can be a better ally against anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) language, bullying and harassment in America's schools.
And how do you find Allies? You TAKE ACTION!
Here are a few ways you can participate in Ally Week. From speedy pledges to longer organizing activities, this list provides ways that everyone can contribute. Find one that works for you.
ON YOUR MARKS
Students and GSAs are strongly encouraged to register for GLSEN's Ally Week in order to receive free resources and to help us determine the total number of schools and students taking part. You can also contact a student organizer from the Jump-Start leadership team for support.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
You have the right to participate in Ally Week! Take a look at this letter from the ACLU and share it with your school administrators to let them know you have the right to participate. If you find that your rights are still being violated, contact your local ACLU affiliate or the ACLU LGBT Project for more assistance.
Use GLSEN's Ally Week Resources
Found on the right, they are there to help YOU, the organizers, get set for Ally Week. From Ally Week Action Instructions to Sample Letters for your schools administration, we've worked hard to make sure you have eveyrhing you need to run a successful Ally Week! We even have Ally Week selfie signs and nametags (Avery Labels: 5395, 8395, 45395, 15395, 42995, 25395) so you can snap fun pics with your friends!
View and download them, share them with friends, and then let us know how you used them in your school!
Once you've printed, shared and organized your Ally Week, we want to hear from you about how you're making your school better by becoming #BetterAllies. Whether that's sharing your stories with us here, or connecting with us on social media, we want to hear from YOU!
GLSEN Jump-Start Guide
Want to continue organizing in your school even though Ally Week is over? GLSEN's Jump-Start Guide is our resource to help GSA's continue to organize and create safer schools! There are eight separate guides that will take you through the process of establishing or re-establishing your group, identifying your mission and goals, and assessing your school's climate. To see a more detailed description of the Jump-Start Guides and to download copies, click here.
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