October 21-25 is National Ally Week – How Can You Help?
For the 8th year in a row, GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, is helping the nation celebrate National Ally week.
So what is ally week and what is an ally? And how is it different than any other week?
Much like other dates associated with commemoration, Ally week hopes to shine the spotlight on straight people who wish to aid the LGBTQ movement, and empower and educated those who may not already be involved or informed on the issues.
Luckily, the folks at GLSEN have provided resources for curious individuals or new allies looking to help:
(All info below is from GLSEN’s Be a Better Ally Page)
Actions in a minute:
- Make a personal and intentional vow to explore what it means to become an Ally to LGBT identified youth.
- Tweet about GLSEN’s Ally Week using hashtag: #AllyWeek and #BetterAllies TWEET!
- Post a link to our Ally Week website on your Facebook page
- Learn how to become an Ally to trans* and gender nonconforming youth here.
Actions for an hour:
- Pay attention to how often you hear anti-LGBT bias language in your life, empathy is often the driver of change.
- Watch GLSEN Greater Cincinnati’s Stories Project Video to understand why students need allies in schools (featured to the right).
- Print out our “I am an Ally” selfie resource and post it on the GLSEN Facebook page
- Purchase and send a Safe Space Kit for your classroom, or your alma mater
- Learn about how to become a GSA (Gay, Straight Alliance) advisor
- Read GLSEN’s Educator’s Guide to Ally Week!
- Learn how to support Trans* and gender nonconforming students.
Actions for an afternoon:
- Learn about LGBT students experiences in school by reading GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey Executive Summary
- Seek out Power, Privilege and Oppression training workshops at an LGBT Center near you.
- Ask about someone’s experience and create space for story sharing.
- Build a lesson plan to help your class think deeply about the ways homophobia, transphobia, racism and classism impact students on a daily basis. For reference use: Working with LGBT Students of Color: A Guide for Educators
- Learn about how to become a GSA (Gay, Straight Alliance) advisor. If you are already an advisor watch a webinar about supporting your GSA.
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