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posted Friday, October 22, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 43
Students pledge to be allies to LGBT youth during GLSEN's Ally Week
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Students pledge to be allies to LGBT youth during GLSEN's Ally Week

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

This week, thousands of students from more than 1,000 middle and high schools across the country participated in the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) Ally Week to identify, encourage, and support allies in addressing anti-LGBT bullying in schools.

Ally Week, a student-led and student-created event, is a way to build upon the unifying work of Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) student clubs by encouraging students to be allies against anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying, and homosexual harassment in schools.

'Allies play a vital role in making schools safer for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression,' wrote GLSEN officials on the Ally Week website at www.allyweek.org. 'In fact, the first Gay-Straight Alliance was the idea of a straight ally. Whether you belong to a GSA or not, Ally Week is the perfect time for you and your friends to sign the Ally Pledge.'

According to GLSEN officials, the message is: Change attitudes. Change behaviors. Change directions. Change lives. Change policies. Change voices. Be an ally. Be the change.

Participating students encourage their peers to take the Ally Pledge, which students and adults sign through pledge cards in school or online.

The pledge reads:

I believe all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, deserve to feel safe and supported. That means I pledge to:

o Not use anti-LGBT language or slurs

o Intervene, if I safely can, in situations where students are being harassed

o Support efforts to end bullying and harassment


Nearly 9 out of 10 (84.6%) LGBT students experience harassment at school and 61.1% feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, according to GLSEN's 2009 National School Climate Survey of 7,261 LGBT students in middle and high school.

'Recent tragedies have brought attention to the longstanding public health crisis of anti-LGBT bullying in our schools,' said GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard. 'Allies can make a huge difference in creating safer schools for LGBT youth. GLSEN's Ally Week offers students and adults an opportunity to show their support for creating a world in which all students are valued and respected, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.'

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