This week is GLSEN’s (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) Ally Week. According to its website, “Ally Week is a week for students to identify, support and celebrate Allies against anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) language, bullying and harassment in America’s schools.”
So what is an Ally? An Ally is someone:
Who does not identify as a LGBT student, but supports this community by standing against the bullying and harassment LGBT youth face in school. Allies can be straight or cis gender identified youth and adults, or LGBT identified adults! Anyone who takes a student against anti-LGBT bullying and harassment can be an ally.
If you’d like to become and Ally, you can sign the Ally Pledge here.
I believe all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression deserve to feel safe and supported. That means I pledge to:
- Not use anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) language or slurs.
- Intervene, if I safely can, in situations where students are being harassed or tell an adult.
- Support efforts to end bullying and harassment.
- Encourage others to be Allies.