- This event has passed.
01/10/2016 til 07/10/2016
Ally Week is a student-organized action, powered by Gay-Straight Alliances and supported by GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.
Ally Week is an opportunity for students to engage in a national conversation about the meaning of allyship. Ally Week is for everyone: straight and cisgender allies to LGBT youth are encouraged to learn about what actions they can take to support their LGBT peers, while LGBT youth can learn about how to support one another's overlapping, intersecting identities.
What is an ally?
An ally is a person who takes demonstrable action supporting members of a marginalized group with which they do not identify. GLSEN's Ally Week focuses on allyship for LGBT youth, who face disproportionate bullying, harassment and discrimination in K-12 schools. It is generally understood that an ally does not identify as LGBT; however, LGBT youth can certainly be allies to one another, as well as to members of marginalized groups whose identities they don't share. For example, cisgender LGB students can always learn more about being allies to transgender or gender nonconforming students, and white LGBT students can learn about being allies to LGBT students of color.